The Second Amendment comes closest to defining the myth of what it means to be an American—fierce self-reliance combined with deep skepticism of government authority—in a way that no other provision of the constitution does. Behind this myth, however, is a less savory reality.
While the Court's decisions surely haven't caused the epidemic of firearm deaths, they make it all but impossible for the states to regulate guns in a way that would effectively reduce the number of such deaths.
It's time to end the war Nixon began and move toward a more humane and sensible approach to dealing with this problem. It's time to legalize narcotics.