Individuals should have the ability to own whatever firearms and ammunition they wish to own. Steps should be taken to keep them out of the hands of individuals who would likely abuse them (e.g., convicted criminals, terrorists, mentally incompetent), but average citizens should have the freedom to collect and use firearms as they see fit. This argument is not based on the Second Amendment and its vague prescription of the "right to bear arms"; nor is it based on the idea that citizens should be able to overthrow their government if it becomes too oppressive. Rather, it is founded on the notion that individual liberty, even in this area, is more important than the state's need to restrict individual freedom for the common good. 

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