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.
A single vote, that's all that stood between liberty and tyrany today when the Supreme Court of the United States of America ruled on District of Columbia v. Heller.
In his affirmation, Justice Scalia wrote:
[T]he Second Amendment right is exercised individually and belongs to all Americans.
[T]he Second Amendment extends, prima facie, to all instruments that constitute bearable arms, even those that were not in existence at the time of the founding.
[W]e find that [the Second Amendment] guarantee[s] the individual right to possess and carry weapons in case of confrontation.
But again, one vote is all that stood between liberty and those who would take it away.
In dissent, Justice Breyer, joined by Justice Stevens, Justice Souter, and Justice Ginsburg, stated that the purpose of the Second Ammendment was only in-part for individuals to provide their own defense. In cases where the government can provide better defense it would be acceptable, for the peoples' own good, to limit the right of the people to keep and bear arms. Basically, they believe the people in DC will kill each other if they have hand guns, so it is the duty of the government to protect them from themselves.
Interesting point, but if it were a valid one, who excatly is supposed to protect the people from their government?