I've been going back and forth with my oldest daughter (The Army Major) regarding the 2nd Amendment and it's forced me to sharpen my Pro 2nd Amendment arguments.
#1 The 2nd Amendment is NOT and NEVER was about hunting. It's about ensuring our government thinks twice about tyranny. Absolute power leads to tyranny and history is ripe with examples of this horror playing out.
#2 The left is absolutely lying when they consistently go after long guns aka the AR-15 instead of everyday handguns. FYI, you are exceedingly more likely to be beaten to death with a hammer than you are being killed with someone's AR-15.
#3 The gun show loophole? It's not a thing and the people saying this have never attended a gun show or are just lying. Gun purchases associated with gun shows require background checks. Basically, if you sell guns for profit anywhere in the U.S. (including out of your trunk at s gun show) you're a dealer and must comply with FBI background checks.
#4 Universal Background Checks? It's already the freaking law. Yes there are cracks in the system which are typically government employees not complying with the law or doing their job.
#5 Small arms versus the Army, Air Force, Navy, Marines, etc... Come on man! I honestly don't think our military would turn it's awesome firepower upon the population. The FBI, ATF, IRS, etc... that is a whole other matter. Luckily, so far these agencies don't have tanks, assault helicopters or artillery.
#6 Maybe the most important take away is the vast majority, I'm talking 95% plus of all gun related deaths, including suicides are with handguns. The leadership on the Left knows this so why do they continue to go after long guns?
If handguns are to blame then why is the media, the Left and the Democrats all going after long guns specifically AR-15 style weapons? Could it be as simple as feelings over facts? I find it hard to believe the motivation is more nefarious but I've been wrong before.
Bottom line... Guns don't kill people, people with guns kill themselves and others. The weapon of choice, hands down, is the handgun and yet the laws are aimed at the long gun, specifically AR-15 style weapons. True weapons of war like the M1 carbine I trained with are not even mentioned.
I hope these six arguments ring true for you and as this debate continues those on the left will take the time needed to educate themselves on the details and nuances of guns and gun control. I find that arguing with people who run a national anti gun ad with the bullets loaded into the magazine backwards is just a complete waste of time.