Since when did the 2nd amendment, the right to bear arms, become the right to own whatever firearm you want?
Since the day it was written. It was put in the constitution so the people would have the ability to defend themselves from a corrupt and repressive govt. Not to hunt. Remember when the constituiton was written we had just delcared our freedom from England. Our founding fathers wanted to make sure that if the generations to come needed a way to defend themselves from the same tyranny (sp?) we would have that ability. If you really think our govt is not out to control us then you need to open your eyes. I'll be happy to so you fact after fact of their agenda. With the passing of the NDAA alone you no longer have the right to a trial to prove your guilt or innocence. All the govt has to say is... Yep... your a terrorist so off to Gitmo you go.
I understand, to some extent, an individual wanting to preserve their right to own a gun but wouldn't it be logical to regulate these at least as much, if not more, then things like cars?
Then you have the same thing that happend in NY state where the paper posted the names and addresses of all the registerd CCW gun owners. Now they are an easy target for the criminals to stake out their house and wait for them to leave. Break in and steal their guns. OR worse you have the govt jack booted thugs kicking in your door because they decided to disarm the American People so they could further their agendas.
Shouldn't background checks be mandatory for everybody purchasing a gun (whether at a gun show or a sporting goods store)?
They already are! I am a Law Enforcement Officer and even I had to go thru a background check when I bought my last one... even though I had my Federal ID on me.
And why do gun fanatics flip out when people try to define what types of "arms" people should be allowed to bear?
All of these things seem incredibly reasonable to me and certainly need to be part of any discussion that is currently occurring.
See the top response for why we don't want to shred the 2nd Amendment. Now while you may think they are reasonable to you, that tells me you really dont care about your ability to protect yourslef no only from the common criminal but also a corrupt govt. Look at it this way. Even though you don't care about our rights to keep and bear arms... one day a right will be taken away that you do care about, then we as a people wont have the means to get it back.
That is why we fought the war with England. To maintain our rights and not be treated as second class citizens.