No, it's not about friendship. And there is ample judicial authority going back well before Heller and McDonald for the proposition that constitutionally protected rights are subject to limited regulation by government.
I cannot factually disagree but I do not believe this was the original intent. I believe the original intent was that these rights were not up for negotiation nor any sort of extensive regulation. Of course we are so far past those days and Idea I cannot see a way back to this for us as a nation.
The one thing I can say with certainty is we as a nation will (and do)all pay a heavy toll for government regulations on our freedom.