"Waldman argues persuasively that it was no coincidence that the Supreme Court only got around to affirming the individual’s right to gun ownership in 2008—by then the court’s decision in District of Columbia v. Heller was more or less in line with public opinion, which itself had changed markedly over time, thanks largely to a two-pronged propaganda blitz by the National Rifle Association and the equally vociferous arguments of conservative legal scholars. In 1959, a Gallup poll reported that 60 percent of Americans favored banning handguns; by 2012, that figure had dropped to 24 percent.... "Scalia styles himself an originalist, someone who believes that a proper interpretation of the Constitution means divining—and hewing to—the original intent of the Framers. This is a tricky business when it comes to the Second Amendment, since, as Waldman notes, 'there is not a single word about an individual right to a gun for self-defense in the notes from the Constitutional Convention. Nor with scattered exceptions in the records of the ratification debates in the states. Nor on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives as it marked up the Second Amendment.' " https://www.thedailybeast.com/the-secret-history-of-the-2nd-amendment He has a point. What Heller said about gun control is pretty much what a moderate on the issue would say in modern day America. It is very much in line with public opinion: there is a right to own a gun but the federal government may ban certain types of guns (such as machine guns and sawed-off shotguns) and prohibit certain classes of people from owning guns (such as felons and the mentally ill). Heller placed a lot of the emphasis on self defense and handguns being useful for that purpose. That probably had a lot more to do with decades of successful NRA propaganda than the original intent behind the Second Amendment. In 1959 the majority of Americans favored banning handguns. But now handguns are much more likely to be associated with self defense in the minds of Americans. The NRA has convinced many state legislatures to pass laws to allow the carrying of concealed handguns.