As an English Major my take on the 2nd Amendment of the Constitution of the United States: Ambiguous. Imprecise. Poorly written. It was written and adopted on December 15, 1791.
Second Amendment: "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed."
That's it. The source of lots of confusion. A lot of huffing & puffing. Bullets and blood.
Some folks declare they are "2nd Amendment Absolutists" and then declare the discussion is over. It's not.
I read the amendment and I don't see anything that prevents us from imposing rules and regulations on gun ownership. There is nothing written that tells us we can't adopt background checks, gun safety training, bans on certain types of weapons for civilians, limits on ammo, gun licensing, preventing some folks from acquiring guns (those deemed "mentally ill," those convicted of domestic violence) etc.
The NRA, The GOP have been playing a dangerous game with the rest of us. We don't need to play. We can do a much better job on gun control. We must.