Bill suggests that I am therefore advancing the argument that I have a right to keep and store nuclear weapons in my garage.
I submit that it is not necessary for me to have nukes, since the U.S. would not logically use them against me. It is necessary for me to have the right to keep small arms in case the government comes door-to-door to collect oppressive taxes and guns, or to arrest me for not voting their way.
The Second Amendment was written to assure future governments that the people they serve are armed and that should they decide to cease serving them and start oppressing them, there would be likely be dire consequences.
Fleming's note: Well, not exactly my point, Mike, but close enough for discussion. My real point is that the meaning of these things changes over time as our times and circumstances change. I also think it would be good to have the language of the Amendment here where we can study it.
"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."