it is the advancement of women to rights parity with men, something that badly needed doing, more so in the past, but still not fully addressed.
No, that's always been the tagline to sell it to the population as a whole. Yes, their first steps many years ago were equality, but after that was achieve they went on to pursuing the primary goal which was superiority. And guess what? They got it. Both in regards to social expectations and the law, women are viewed as superior to men in basically every way and it keeps getting worse for men every single day. I want equality, but it's rather sad to see men promoting the very people who are getting men classified as second class citizens in the US.
First off, "well regulated" when referring to the military means "well trained / disciplined" not "highly controlled by the government". You can look up the definition in older dictionaries and see for yourself. Secondly, even the Supreme Court has explained that the first half of the amendment was explaining why we need the right to bear arms, not placing restrictions upon who can bare arms. Lastly, while each State has their own definitions for a state militia, the US Constitution specifies all able-bodied men up to 45 years old (older if they have previous military experience) are the militia.
This is exactly why rights should never be up for a vote, because most people can't be bothered to learn what they are talking about.
but when you weigh that against the 40,000 or so gun deaths every year, it's not worth it.
First off, about 30,000 of those are suicides. Studies have repeatedly shown that gun ownership has no impact on suicide rates. Secondly, the US has roughly 315 MILLION people in it. About 3.5 times as many people die in car accidents in the US each year as are killed with a gun (that even includes self-defense shootings in that number).
You have to be really into guns to think it's worthwhile to have a friend die in order to have your guns, and most people aren't really into guns that much.
You have to be really immature to think your emotions invalidate peoples right to self-defense. Even the most anti-gun groups have admitted that there are (low end) 10 times as many cases of guns being used for self-defense each year as there are murders involving guns. The facts simply do not support your purely emotion based argument.