The elephant in the room is the gigantic bureaurocracy. I would hazzard to guess that were you to poll the BATF, you would find an absolutely stunning number of anti-gun freaks. Much of the same kind of problem exists within the State Department, which ends up being the non-promogulation of OUR (meaning American) point of view, and the coddling of leftist ideas. Perhaps some of this can be traced to the basically leftist college professorship, but I suspect it is more sinister in that leftist tend to move to government jobs, since they are advocates of government control. As such, furthering governmental control is at the top of THEIR agendas also.
Elected officials come and go. Look at the recent election in NY, where a basically Republican district elected a Democratic turkey. Too much of the populace is simply uneducated, or unwilling to BECOME educated. I am forever stunned at how much the Americans of 150 years ago knew and understood about such things as federalism, freedom, tyranny, etc. Today we seem to have simply forgotten so much of those very basic concepts.
2A and gun rights are only one of the many rights we ought to be guarranteed. I often hear repeated how gun ownership means the ability to protect the rest of our rights. Truth to tell, I see it more as an attitudinal thing. IF you stand for gun rights, THEN you have an overall view of liberty and freedom - and rights - that corresponds to mine, and to what the Founding Fathers envisioned for us. Yes, there is the fact that being armed makes it "possible" to rebel, but in practical terms, that possibility is remote. Even on this forum there are probably few that would SERIOUSLY consider fighting to keep their guns physically - against a band of cops that came to take them. Look at New Orleans. People there gave up their weapons without a fight - and that was clearly illegal action. We may be FOR guns and our personal protection, but we are hardly such diehard right wing radicals that we would be willing to rise up INDIVIDUALLY to fight for our guns - and so other rights, too. Perhaps if there was some general rising we would join, but I suspect few if any would simply refuse, and shoot it out if so pressed.
So when we talk about 2A, we really are talking about a "view", an attitude, a way of thinking. THAT would have to be what we need to spread throughout the nation. We do reasonably well with just guns, and things like CCW, but there is more at stake - or we lose everything, including this nation.