The Second Amendment is a tool. Guns are a tool. They are not magical, and having the 2A written out isn't magical. The same thing applies to the 1st Amendment (in as much that it applies to tools when referencing freedom of speech and the press). The government deciding to take the tools will not happen without them attempting to take the freedoms the tools protect. Look at where we are as a country, and as a people. Look at what is going on around you. We have a veritable invasion along our southern border. We have a president who won't listen to a vast majority of citizens, and who isn't even in line with a majority of his party. We have politicians wanting to ban political speech at certain time periods, and regulate grassroots action groups out of existence. We have the government deciding unilaterally to confiscate land so that a private company can run roads through the country as part of a "free trade" package that is neither free, nor is it really about trade. We have a sky rocketing debt with a constantly devaluing dollar backed by that unconstitutional, and plain out stupid debt. Guns are a tangentially connected facet of this. The only reason guns weren't banned in the Bush administration is because Bush needed gun owner's support. The next administration will not. Things are progressing quickly here people. While I believe the politicians wanted to have this be a boiling frog scenario, the events happening around us are going to support confiscations of some sort or another soon. ArmedPolak's concerns are valid and timely.