In response to letter writer James Harrigan, who explained the "card-carrying NRA members" have nothing to worry about because the right to bear arms is guaranteed in the Second Amendment, I wish to throw out just three examples of how wrong he is.
* The National Firearms Act of 1934. This effectively outlawed fully automatic weapons for the average gun owner. As usual, this was a knee-jerk reaction by Congress to eliminate fully automatic weapons from the hands of the Prohibition-era gangster element. Just as most often the case is, it failed miserably. They removed the weapons from the hands of honest gun owners, leaving the gangster element and law enforcement to be the soul possessors of such weapons.
* The Gun Control Act of 1968. This was sweeping enactment of laws under the Johnson administration's umbrella of Great Society laws that really took a bite out of the Second Amendment. So many regulations were pushed forth in this bill that I don't want to take up the letter space explaining them.
*The Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act of 1993. This bill essentially established the federal background check requirement that is in use today and is being pushed for expansion in the wake of the Newtown incident.
These laws passed without going through the constitutional amendment process. This is why the "sky is falling gun owners" are the way we are. We know that in spite of how trusting people are of their government, nothing produces a better check on government than having its citizens armed.