American Revolution + More recent examples of government abuse of a people's trust = Absolute belief that the 2nd amendment should be upheld.
I am actually not a native US citizens. I emigrated to the USA, and I have seen trust in authority backfire elsewhere in the world. All human rights stem from peoples ability to defend themselves with force against would be opressors. In other words, weapons.
Don't be riddiculous. World War 2 did change Germany and Europe forever.
Forever is a very long time. look how europe has been appeasing any would be dictator. look how the world stood idly by as genocides occur everywhere in the world. I was a little over 10 when I first saw a genocide, and after years of being drilled about how the holocaust changed the world (I was in israel at the time), I waited and wait and never did the "world" do anything to help. I have since seen several other genocides... Rowanda being a prime example.
Where were your "forever changed europeans" then?
You don't even have an argument, you are living in fantasy world where bad things never happen when you trust in authority. Again and again it happens, during OUR livetimes, but you bring about 70 year old examples and pretend that they changed everything forever and ignore any proof to the contrary, including all the genocides occuring in your lifetime.