I say that what is explicitly written in the Constitution takes precedence over anything that you wish was written in the Constitution but is not.
The five great lies of the
We can be Godless and free. • “Social justice” through forced redistribution of wealth. • Silencing religious opinions counts as “diversity”. • Freedom without moral and personal responsibility. • Civilization can survive the intentional undermining of the family.
On one hand, we have two centuries of jurisprudence, judged on and decided by skilled and educated legal professionals, who have spent most of their adult lives examining constitutional law, who accept that rights are not absolute.
On the other hand, we have someone who claims to be a strict constructionist (that's you, Bob) who simultaneously willing to drop the whole "militia" phrase.
Whose word am I going to take on this? I'll give you a hint. Here's Antonin Scalia, arch-conservative, in the Heller decision, which struck down numerous gun control laws:
"There seems to us no doubt, on the basis of both text and history, that the Second Amendment conferred an individual right to keep and bear arms. Of course the right was not unlimited, just as the First Amendment ’s right of free speech was not, see, e.g., United States v. Williams, 553 U. S. ___ (2008). Thus, we do not read the Second Amendment to protect the right of citizens to carry arms for any sort of confrontation, just as we do not read the First Amendment to protect the right of citizens to speak for any purpose."
The ghost of Jack Kevorkian for President's Physician: 2016