We must keep in mind that the Second Amendment was not written to protect "hunters" and "gun collectors." It was written to protect the enemies of "national sovereignty." It was written to protect those who would overthrow the government by armed revolution. Jefferson wrote:
what country can preserve its liberties if their rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms.... God forbid we should ever be 20 years without such a rebellion.The Founding Fathers were concerned to protect American sovereignty from other sovereigns, not from "the People." The People retained the right to "alter or abolish" the government they created.
The addition of more people to America was seen as a bulwark of liberty against the encroachment of sovereigns; one of the complaints in the Declaration of Independence was restrictions on increased immigration:
He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws of Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.Have the Minutemen bought into the anti-population propaganda of New Age Socialism/Environmentalism?
Note that I am a pacifist, and I believe armed revolution against the government is always wrong, even in 1776.