Even with an anchoring document like our Constitution and its Bill of Rights, Haz, half of all Americans have been similarly brainwashed. I'm beginning to think the only reason we're one of the last countries on Earth embracing the right to keep and bear arms is because we were one of the first, and we codified it in the cornerstone, founding document of our Constitution.
The only solution I see is that the teaching of our Constitution (or similar Constitutions) and their underlying principles must not only continue, but must proliferate. The greatest nation on Earth (sorry, Haz) grew out of our Constitution. Our nation has continually gone downhill as the result of a diversion of focus from our Constitution. The solution to not only our own nation's problems, but those of many others, isn't an adherence to our Constitution, but to the principles upon which our nation was founded.
Over the years, I've discovered something which seems to be fairly ubiquitous throughout the years: When nations originating from a revolution hold true to the principles upon which they were founded, they do great! When they don't, when the try to, especially in times of plenty, re-invent the wheel, they fail.
Point Learned: Most of the ideas learned during times of feast are fluff. Those learned in times of famine are usually what one needs in order to get one's butt out of hot water. Most of the principles supporting the free world today aren't those built on emergency responsive government.