The US Declaration of Independence states:
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.—
It further state in the Second Amendment that the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.
To have human rights of assembly, of worship, of speech and press, these mean nothing if the excercise of those rights cannot be protected. Many governments in the world today restrict the right of the people to have arms, ostensibly for public safety (Hitler said this well.) but really because the ruling powers fear the people. This was true in Italy four hundred years ago when firearms were first being manufactured. The firm Beretta was among those making barrels, or stocks, or locks. No firm was allowed to make all the parts. They were only to be assembled in government armories. Most of Europe today have similar regulations. One exception is Switzerland, possibly the most democratic country in the world, where any adult citizen can own semi automatic rifles.
The second amendment guarantees that citizens can own modern firearms. With such firearms, a citizen can defend home and family, and in a wider sense, the community, from armed agression. Armed agression might be local, from theives and kidnappers to members of narco gangs. In Mexico, for many years, a growth industry was kidnapping people of wealthy families and holding them for ransom. Mexico has stringent gun control. Few can protect themselves or fight back against narco terrorist gangs, who are armed to the teeth with guns stolen from government armories as well as purchased on the black market. If a black swan event occurs, one which no one has foreseen, the difference between one's family living and dying might be the posession of competent firearms.
The second amendment guarantees that the ultimate power, that of life and death, resides with the people. The second amendment must be protected for the sake of our children and grandchildren and those who come after.
It is time for the United Nations to recognize the individual's right to self defense, with competent modern weapons. Instead, dictators from the world's worst tyrannies sit on the committees of the United Nations, and they have no interest in empowering their own citizens.