IMO,the US Constitution (and the Declaration of Independence before that) was written on behalfof ALL the people, regardless of what state (or Colony) they lived in.
Consequently, I think it to be expected (and demanded as well) thatall Americans should have the same basic "unalienable" rights regardless of what state they live in. I don't see how some "Americans" can have some rights, but other "Americans" living in some other state may or may not have those same rights.Either we all are Americans or not. For example, re: the gun issue only, would I prefer to live in fairly pro-gun Texas (even thoughTexans are denied OC) or anti-gun repressive HawaiI? Texas, of course. But why should citizens of Hawaii -- part of the USA last time I heard -- not have the same basic gun freedoms Texas and a bunch of other states have? And why does Texas have something less in that regard than some other states?
If weARE all Americans,then we need to be on the same page re: something very basic and of ultimate importance: Our unalienable rights (enumeratedand unenumerated). All the other stuff -- "lesser rights and privileges," if you will -- can be inthe realm of and at the discretion of the states (States Rights). But there would be NO denying of or infringing upon any American citizen's basic rights by ANY state.
Otherwise, what's the point of having a "Union" of states when there is no common ground?Ifthere is no point to the "United States" concept, then all50 states may as well become independent self-governing entities andgo back to making their own money and such...in other words, we may as well go back to the days of the Colonies...or Republic (in the case of Texas) or Territorial status.
Maybe President Lincoln was right in wantingto "preverve the Union" back in 1861, yet maybe TODAY, that's not so important, especially if we are becoming Balkanized. But if we DO want to "preserve the Union," in a modern sense, thenwe need the same basic rights applying to ALL Americans, nothing less.
-- John D.