Perusing the boards here I've come across a common analogy that is usually quickly countered. It usually has something to do that in the end has people stating "Driving a car isn't a right, but carrying a firearm is".
Which gets me to my point. Why isn't driving a right? Isn't it?
Driving a car is a "right"... and it is also a "privilege". Because of the "right to pursue happiness" you have the right to buy a car and drive it on your own property all you want. But if you want to drive it on the roads that are collectively owned by everyone else then you have to get permission to do it... and a driver's license is that permission.
What are our "Rights"? Are they "rights" only if they are listed in the constitution? To my understanding a right was a "right" when it was understood to be given by some form of "higher power" and could not be taken away by anyone, even the government.
So what's a "right" and what's something that is a privilege that we take for granted.
Sure I need a license to drive a car, but in several states I also need a license to carry a gun.
The 2nd Amendment tells the government that you have a right to keep and bear arms... and that the government cannot take that away from you. But the government (whether rightly or wrongly is food for a different discussion) has decreed that if you want to bear your gun in places other people own you have to get permission to do it.... and carry permits in all their forms is that permission.
Don't I have the right to own a house? Have a job? Raise chickens & goats? Etc. etc.
You have the right (the Liberty) to go find a job.. on your own... there is no "right" to be given a job you must earn it, earn money, use that money to buy a house and property where you can drive your car if you wish... raise chickens and goats if you wish (unless your neighbors have rules in place about noise and smells) and do pretty much as you please.... right up to the point where what you are doing infringes upon your neighbors "rights".
I hate to say it, but I can half see where some might argue that if it's not a right to drive a car, then it's not a right to carry a gun. I hope someone can correct that for me, because I don't really like the thought. And please don't even remotely come close to saying something about cars not having existed when they wrote the constitution, you'll just sound like an idiot.