On the Supreme Court’s discussion of the extension of federal rulings to cover states and local government:
“Justice Stephen Breyer was most vigorous in asserting that the Second Amendment involves dangerous weapons and should not be accorded the same status as other constitutional rights. “We’re starting with a difference in purposes,” he said, suggesting that the right to weapons cannot be equated with the right to free speech, for example.”
Just ask any victim of emotional and verbal abuse about that, sir. Some people would prefer one quick shot to a lifetime of demoralizing and debilitating commentary. Probably a similar number of deaths by suicide and by aggression towards and poor interaction with others result from this.
Arms can and should be controlled in a likewise manner as is freedom of speech.