Gents, Ladies, I'm a new member to this forum but an old Ruger owner, in both senses of the term. And though a "Progressive" I'm an NRA member and own several firearms including six Rugers. Here's my take on a document that is often overlooked, the Declaration of Independence. Historians often call the Declaration of Independence a "historical document" but not a legal document as the Constitution is. Well the declaration may not carry the legal authority of the Constitution in that the U.S. Supreme Court is not bound by it but it IS the moral authority upon which our Constitution is founded. Written mostly by Jefferson and "edited" by Franklin it is an official declaration of the U.S. Congress. It states that we have "...certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness." "That to secure these rights governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed." This last sentence says that ALL governmental powers come through and from "the consent of the governed." That's all U.S. citizens, and by moral extension, all citizens in any nation. And also of great importance the Declaration states: "That whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its principles and organizing its powers in such form as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness." Our Declaration of Independence is our guide to establishing a government that will "...effect (our) safety and happiness." Notice the word "safety". Owning firearms and using them in a responsible manner will, in part, "effect our safety" as a free people. We therefore need to "institute new government" that will insure this "...safety and happiness." Perhaps this 2016 presidential election did just that. Time will tell. Eric B.