Several of the Founders wrote extensively asserting citizens’ rights to bear arms, in part for purposes of self-defense, but also to stand against government overreach.
Looking at the historical record, the countries most subject to invasion or internal takeover were those which allowed gun confiscation. One hundred million people were killed last century. It all happened because dictators confiscated all guns rendering law-abiding citizens defenseless.
As to the present crime wave, guns are not the problem, people are the problem.
Criminals and terrorists do not fear law enforcement because we have failed to raise good citizens, and we have failed to enforce the law. Criminals run amok because there is little or no deterrent.
Handguns are most frequently used in crime but the federal government focuses on the AR15. Why is that?
Baltimore and Chicago have the strictest gun control laws, and they also have the highest rates of violent crime. You find this same pattern across the country.
When we focus on enforcing existing laws and punishing lawbreakers, violence goes way down.
Reality informs us, and the Constitution proves, that the right to bear arms is God-given and prudent. The most humanitarian policy is to protect and defend the Constitution, including the 2nd Amendment, as follows:
“A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”