The US has a murder rate that is four times higher than the murder rate in the UK. Four times.
Three fourths of that murder rate in the US is gun murder, one quarter is non-gun murder.
So the non-gun murder in the US is the same as the murder rate in the UK.
So you're allowed a gun in the US, but does it make you safer? Many will go on about how you can prevent rape and things like that. Self defence!!! But gun states like texas have a much higher rape rate than states which restrict guns more. Go figure. Maybe men with guns are more likely to commit rape because they have a power trip thing going on, i don't know.
The constitution does NOT allow people to walk around armed. It does not and has never protected the carrying of guns.
The amendment begins with "A well regulated militia", so what do you think this amendment is going to be about, go on, have a guess, yeah, you're right, it's about the militia. The militia is there for the security of the free state. In order to gain this you have individuals with the right to keep and bear arms.
Keep is simple, it means to own a gun. The US govt cannot prevent you from having a gun, and why? SImple answer is the militia needs guns, so individuals are protected so the militia will have a ready supply of arms.
But guns are useless on their own. Guns don't kill people, they don't start wars, they don't take over governments. So a militia with a massive stockpile of weapons and nothing else is useless. So what do you need? Yes, you need personnel. So that is the right to bear arms. It was also said to be "render military service". This was used as a synonym for "bear arms" by the founding fathers in congress during the debates on the future 2A. But people conveniently ignore this.
Washington said bear arms was the same thing. The right to be in the militia, this is similar to the right to be on a jury, it is a civic duty protected.
The right have tried to change the meaning, but the reality is that it stops the US govt destroying the militia by safeguarding the individual right to help the militia out!