Thank you for sticking with this. I did end up thinking differently about the 2nd Amendment.
A thought I had mid-way was about how often discussion breaks down over isolated policies when most often policies are meant to be related.
For example, and this is my conclusion not something I’m projecting onto you, I started to see the wisdom of pairing the 2nd Amendment with a reduced standing military and then making the entire citizenship opt-in via the draft when we get involved in a military undertaking.
Certainly, the 2nd amendment as a strategy for a future fighting force was not something I’d ever considered.