“The United States prioritizes the right to keep and bear arms over the protection of citizens’ lives and personal security...”
Damn right we do! But more to the point. More innocent people were slaughtered by out-of-control governments in the 20th century than all the violent crime and civilian mass shootings in human history combined. The average human being in the 20th century was many times more likely to die at the hands of abusive government than from any form of civilian crime. Gulags, concentration camps, and mass genocide are not the purview of deranged individuals. They are the product of governments that have achieved too much power (and the megalomaniacs who lead them).
How on earth can people not see that getting rid of guns is far more deadly than having them?
Given the choice of trusting my neighbor with a so-called assault weapon, and trusting some bureaucrat in a government office. I choose my neighbor. People of principle realize there are worse things in this world than being gunned down by a nut-job. Living without freedom is worse (and actually more dangerous on the average).
The United States prioritizes the right to keep and bear arms as part of the right of sovereign citizens to their protection of their lives and personal security...