On intent and perspective
The Founding Fathers, extremists:
“Who are the militia? Are they not ourselves? Is it feared, then, that we shall turn our arms each man gainst his own bosom. Congress have no power to disarm the militia. Their swords, and every other terrible implement of the soldier, are the birthright of an American…[T]he unlimited power of the sword is not in the hands of either the federal or state governments, but, where I trust in God it will ever remain, in the hands of the people.” -Tenche Coxe, The Pennsylvania Gazette, Feb. 20, 1788
“Shall not be infringed.” Period. Full stop. “Common sense” and “reasonable” restrictions on your rights are neither common sense nor reasonable. They’re just easy to sell to a carefully conditioned mob.
And when the Supreme Court refuses cases that redound to the Bill of Rights while taking up cases that have no place in federal courts (like, for instance, the “civil right” of “marrying” someone — and eventually, inevitably, someones), you know that we’re no longer living in the same country that was founded on individual sovereignty, liberty, small and unobtrusive federal authority with enumerated rights, and — most importantly — a stable rule of law.