"The most important consequence of recovering the original understanding is that it demonstrates that both of the modern interpretations of the Second Amendment do great violence to the text, effectively erasing half of its meaning.... "Rather than give greater weight to only part of the amendment's text, as both modern interpretations do, the original civic rights interpretation of the Second Amendment demands that the text be read holistically. The Second Amendment serves as a reminder that the right to bear arms is as much an obligation owed to government as it is a claim against government interference. Moreover, the original civic conception of the Second Amendment emphasizes that there can be no right to bear arms without extensive regulation.2" http://www.keithhunt.com/Guncontrol7.html I mean I can understand why gun control advocates are not that enthusiastic about the Second Amendment. They want to reduce gun violence and save lives. But why have pro-gun activists put so much effort into invalidating a significant portion of the Second Amendment's meaning?