Disclaimer: This is a subject that is in the hearts of many here. It is relevant many ways to our lives. I ask for your individual opinions and stress that we cannot start a heated debate here that will be a problem for the moderators, who will have their own opinions. Please let's all play nice and have a vibrant discussion. This week the Supreme Court overturned Washington D.C.'s ban on handguns. Both sides of the arguement have valid points and both sides also have their fanatics, the ones who get the most air time. Do you believe the second ammendment "Absolutely" guarantees the right to own a handgun and if no do you think it guarantees the right to own a rifle? I believe the "intent" of the 2nd Ammendment was to ensure Americans were well armed in case of invasion, the overthrow of our existing government, or the need to call upon local militias, already armed. I do not believe it has anything to do with the right of individuals to carry a gun that can fit in your pocket and fire 17 shots in under 5 seconds. Almost all our founding fathers supported a small national government, something we don't have today. With that said I do support gun rights and a person's right to defend themselves. I just don't feel the 2nd Ammend applies to handguns but I do support our right to own them for self defense and protecting our homes and families. Let's give this thread a shot. Just please conform to the rules of BYC.