The 2nd Amendment: The right to bear arms. 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.
It seems like anti gun control people have mistaken this constitutional right. Basically it means that we have the right as Americans to have an army. The American army. It doesn't mean you have the right to have 15 semiautomatic rifles for a trip to Walmart.
They also seem to forget the part where it says "WELL REGULATED".
In the UK the ownership of handguns was banned after the school massacre at Dunblane.
You can still own a rifle or shotgun but subject to very strict conditions.
Now just let that sink in. One school shooting and a gun ban. No one protested, we simply accepted it as the right thing to do.
I used to do a lot of shooting. Small bore rifle target shooting. I gave it up after Dunblane.
Now I do archery instead.
The fight over the Second Amendment didn't actually even become an issue until the 70s or 80s. Before that, some people owned guns, but even the NRA wasn't getting super militant over government regulation on guns. It wasn't until the 70s or 80s that they adopted their current militant stance and persecution complex on anti-gun regulation.
There are actually militias that some people are members of. Maybe we should require that gun owners join a militia and that they get training as part of that membership. If the militias noticed a problem with a potential gun owner they could report them. I'm sure the NRA would not like this idea at all.