We, the People, are the "duly constituted authority," you dingbat. We call the shots, and the polytishunz serve us or violate the Constitution. The presumption that a bunch of polytishunz know better than we what is good for us is the height of conceit and condescension; but NSDAP members and communists woulf fit right in with that attitude of government trumping the behavior of tens of millions who do no one any harm by owning firearms. Indeed, 2.5 million times per year, a firearm in the hands of an innocent American dissuades a threat from advancing his violent bent.
Freedom and deep and abiding respect of individual dignity, trust of citizens . . . .or tyranny of the NeoComms. It's one or the other