“Before a standing army can rule, the people must be disarmed; as they are in almost every kingdom in Europe. The supreme power in America cannot enforce unjust laws by the sword; because the whole body of the people are armed, and constitute a force superior to any band of regular troops that can be, on any pretense, raised in the United States. A military force, at the command of Congress, can execute no laws, but such as the people perceive to be just and constitutional; for they will possess the power, and jealousy will instantly inspire the inclination, to resist the execution of a law which appears to them unjust and oppressive.” – Noah Webster, in An Examination of the Leading Principles of the Federal Constitution (1787)
The right for the people to have and maintain firearms is based first and foremost on opposition to unjust application of law and to stand against tyranny. It is not based on hunting. It is not based on sportsmanship. It stands on the basis of the people having the means to withstand the armed forces of the US should they ever become tyrannical. Remember when our Founding Fathers came to these conclusions it was in standing up the tyranny of the British Crown. They had first come to petition for their rights as Englishmen. On being rebuffed, we became Americans to assert our God given rights.