"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."(You have no idea how awkward it was to find the actual text of the 2nd Amendment!)
Like many of you, I find it ... "awkward" ... to rely on a Constitutional Amendment to define our right to defend ourselves against armed predators.
And more important, it seems that the right is so obvious, it doesn't seem necessary to include it in our Constitution.
But sadly, there are so many people who think that the whole "GUNS ARE BAD" thingie should predominate American thought, we who depend upon our own willingness not to be predated upon (rather than expect "police" to protect us) ... we find ourselves in the minority.
As it happens, the First Amendment (freedom of speach, etc.) is PROTECTED by the Second Amendment ... the right to keep and bear arms.
If we can speak our mind, and if some violent persons disagree with us ... we cam only counter violence with superior violence. Witness the American Revolution, when England was our master and we revolted against a country which was stronger and as well-armed.
Americans prevailed because they were armed, and willing to use those arms to support their cause of independence.
Today, America is the most powerful nation n the world, and we continue to support our independence through force of arms. We don't have to fight our enemies, because the know that (A) our force of arms dominate the power of any other nation, and (B) our armed citizenry is well known for being feisty and aggressive against would-be aggressors.
(And they can't afford a war against the richest nation.)