"Liberalism is totalitarianism with a human face" -- Thomas Sowell
The purpose of the Second Amendment is to arm people in order to prevent future tyranny. They need the tools to do this. The term "Well Regulated" in the Second Amendment meant "Well Manned and Equipped " in 1791 as was determined in the 1939 United States v. Miller case after referencing the autobiography of Benjamin Franklin. The concept of Government Regulation, as we understand it today, did not exist at the time. United States v. Miller also determined that the term "Arms" refers to "Ordinary Military Weapons" (not crew operated). American Citizens have the right to Keep and Bear, which means Own and Carry, any weapons that a soldier carries into battle. That includes past, present and future weapons. A Militia consisted of armed volunteers willing to fight with their personal arms and not under government control.The 2008 Heller v. Washington DC decision reaffirmed that the Right to Bear Arms was an Individual right. The 2010 McDonald v. Chicago decision reaffirmed it yet again and made it clear that it applies to every state, every city and every town in the United States.To limit the Second Amendment to muskets would be the equivalent of limiting the First Amendment to writings in quill pens. Liberty is worth the risk of death!
Expanded background checks will be abused. First instance of abuse is where the background checks are used to create in illegal national gun registry. The powers that be... can also lower the bar so that a person with a small misdemeanor for a bar fight back when they were in college is considered a prohibited person. In some states / cities excessive speeding or downloading a lot of music can get you a felony charge. Felonies are no longer restricted to violent crimes. How long before spitting on the sidewalk prohibits you from owning a gun?Then there is whole domestic violence side where they are trying to stretch to include just grabbing someone's wrist or shoving someone out of your way as you walk out the door. No end to the amount of abuse that background checks will eventually lead to.In NYC if you have a gun permit, the police randomly call your house and ask your family members if you every display any signs of stress or great anger... and then pick at that. The wrong answers by your family will get your permit revoked.The purpose of the Second Amendment is to prevent future tyranny."When the govt fears the people there is liberty. When the people fear govt there is tyranny" - Thomas Jefferson”Those who would trade liberty for some temporary security, deserves neither liberty nor security.” -Benjamin Franklin