DANGER WILL ROBINSON! DANGER!
The Laughing Wolf has a post up regarding the differences between a citizen and a subject. Well worth the time to read it.
States like Maryland, Illinois and Massachusetts have already started turning their citizens into subjects. If you think different, go try to buy a gun in Boston. Or Chicago. Or Baltimore. Those states force you to ASK PERMISSION FROM THE STATE to buy a weapon. You have to try and justify it to the state. If the state isn't happy with your explanation, they turn you down!
Look at the 2nd Amendment: "A well-regulated Militia, being necessary for the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed."
People may try to bullshit you over the meaning of the word "is". They might try to argue about militias and "arms", but it plainly states that your right, and my right to bear arms, SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED. They might say that the 2nd Amendment only applies to muskets and flintlocks "because that's all they had back then!" Fine, then the 1st Amendment only applies to printing presses and quill pens, "because that's all they had back then!" See how weak that argument is?
Parts of this country already views the citizens as subjects. The government is beginning to see you as a subject. When the rights that are guaranteed to you in our government's founding document are subject to permission from the state, you are a subject. Many blogs that I've been to have spoken about our country's "Reset Button". The Smallest Minority has a great post on that very subject.
Maybe it's time for more people to think about pressing that button. If you allow the state to take away your right to bear arms, that means they can take away the rest of them. You've given them that precedent. But the first right they would need to take away is our right to bear arms. That right exists in order to give us that Reset Button, should the government intrude too far into our lives, turning us from citizens to subjects.
What would it take for your reset button to be pushed? When do you consider yourself less a citizen and more a subject?