Julian Sanchez says the “collective right” interpretation of the second amendment doesn’t make sense. And, indeed, it doesn’t really. But then again, neither does the “individual right” reading which would leave the right of individuals to buy anti-tank missiles and nuclear bombs “shall not be infringed.” The clearest thing about the text, after all, is that it says nothing whatsoever about “handguns” — the word is “arms” so whatever our right to arms is, that’s a right to arms not to puny guns.
Like much of the constitution, the second amendment turns out, upon examination, to be an ambiguously worded political compromise written hundreds and hundreds of years ago. Obviously, if you were going to start over from scratch nobody would write it that way.