I would never tell you what you need for self defense nor will I pretend to. Now if you were to tell me where you live, the composition of your home's outer walls, the longest possible distance of engagement, the number of people in your dwelling, the number of entrances and where your children (if any) are located I can probably give you a very good bit of advice as to what would be the BEST CHOICE for you to have for home and self defense
sadly dishonest lower court judges-state and federal-used the words of that case to hold that the second amendment therefore granted no individual rights and therefore none existed
that was the basis of stevens' pathetic dissent in HELLER-he argued that the CoA decisions based on a dishonest and completely wrong interpretation of supreme court case law should be respected as precedent
Banning AR type weapons and large magazines is not total gun control and people are not asking for that - I've not seen one national politician come out with that stance. How do you account for the low crime and murder rate in NYC since strict gun registration was enacted? With 9 million or so residents it seems that very few of my neighbors own guns yet we're safe and the murder rate here continues to decrease dramatically, how come?
“The good thing about science is that it's true whether or not you believe in it.” ― Neil deGrasse Tyson
Madison and the Bill of Rights
Back to the topic at hand. The literal translation of the 2nd Amendment is that the right to bear arms will not be impeded. Just as the First Amendment says not a damn thing about seperation of church and state.
Most Liberals struggle mightily with the above two assertions of fact. If you do not, than you are the rare one.