Weapons are amoral in that a weapon is not capable of making a moral decision. The weapon user makes a moral decision every time he/she chooses to use or to not use the weapon.
The second amendment exists in the milieu of the entire Constitution and, more specifically, in that group of amendments that are intended to insure specific freedoms for US citizens. It is difficult to say that any one or more of these freedoms is more or less important than the others. However, if I were intent on subjugating a populace, I would first work to limit freedoms of speech, assembly, property, habeas corpus, press, religion, and other interpersonal communications. Once the populace is "properly" subservient, removing their personal weapons should be fairly easy.
answered Dec 24 '11 at 09:27