The authors of the Bill of Rights were not concerned with an individual’s right to bear arms. Yet today, many Americans interpret the Second Amendment as entitling them to personally own and carry guns. The National Rifle Association’s fear-based worldview depicts enemies lurking in every corner. Every day citizens are encouraged to take the law into their own hands, which threatens our democracy. As a result, 296 mass shootings and 38,000 deaths from gun violence yearly — 100 every day — have become the new normal.