I can't deny your perspective (2nd paragraph) but it bothers me that it is so prevalent.
In the boy scouts, you take 3 levels of Citizenship merit badges. You learn that Duties have just as much importance as rights. You learn you have a responsibility to act in the interest of the community, nation, and world in order to maintain what is inalienably yours.
Further, every potentially dangerous skill you learn comes in tandem with the highest levels of responsibility and safety. For guns, that means safe handling, proper maintenance, and good marksmanship. If you can't pass all of the pieces, you don't get your gun.