"Gits Nasty? Git down to business," beams the SHOT Show booth boy after showing off the FMG-9, a concept weapon that can switch from a simple flashlight to a Glock-style submachine gun in one easy flick of the wrist. Designed by Magpul, the FMG-9 is currently in prototype phase, and there's no guarantee whether it will be released or not, but I guess it's one for the personal protection peeps. And nervous dog-walkers. [Defense Tech]
There is the question about the interpretation of the 2nd Amendment as a right as a civillian. I hold my own opinion about it (that it is a means of the people to be a part of the checks and balances within our country... power does come from the barrel of a gun, right wrong or indifferent), but there are many others who think of it as antiquated and meant for a different time.
In that way, it all boils down to opinion about what was intended by the framers of the Constitution, who, unfortunately are deader than doornails and can't answer any questions as to their intentions for any of their works.
All that said, I'm only responding to your post because while I'm pro-gun ownership, I'm also pro-gun laws in that I don't believe in the restriction of weapon ownership, but believe that a firearm used in connection with a crime should greatly increase the penalty for the criminal. Hell, in Jena, LA, they tried to argue that tennis shoes were in the same league as firearms in regards to assault. Something is wrong with this picture.
I always liken gun control to drunk driving. A car is as deadly as a gun. I actually ran the numbers once and of all the firearm related homicides in the US, it was roughly one half of drunk driving related fatalities in 2006.
To take the analogy further, banning weapon ownership to prevent gun crime is like solving drunk driving issues by banning vehicle ownership. Would it decrease the amounts of victims? Absolutely, probably eliminate them completely. But at what cost to personal freedom of law abiding citizens?
That's the thing about gun crime that people tend to forget. Guns... are tools. They are not inherently evil any more than your cell phone is. Gun crime is a two part phrase, the second being crime, meaning that the tool has been used in a way that is against the law.