fuel for discussion
I think we would do well to remember that the Founders considered our right to arms, assembly, free speech, and others, as "natural" rights, frequently expressed as "God given rights". In other words, rights that we, the people (as individuals) possessed, simply because we are living breathing human beings. And they considered these rights as something separate from rights pertaining to the "state".
And that the amendments of the "Bill of Rights" did not, and do not give us anything we did not posess before it was written. The BOR is a listing of restrctions, what the government is not allowed to do, and why.
Consider the important phrases such as "Congress shall make no law..." and "shall not be infringed", among others.
All else being equal (and it almost never is) bigger bullets tend to work better.