What is the American way? I would argue Freedom, I would argue fighting for what is right, I would argue that the United States Constitution; a document of rules for the government, and freedoms for the people is the American way.
Would you call the Second Amendment a part of the American way? Hell yes. The second amendment is present in America for many reasons, reasons that are just as valid now as they we're over 200 years ago, as the reasons & principles of Freedom never fade, never die, never are unpopular or become out of the mainstream.
1.The American people have the right to.
2.Being armed is a natural part of American life, from hunting for your food, to being a collector.
3.To defend yourself not only from the forces of criminals, but to be the force against tyranny in America, as no tyranny can exist in a land whose people are armed.
4.Because of the individual freedom guaranteed by the United States Constitution.
Founders opinion :
"We established however some, although not all its [self-government] important principles . The constitutions of most of our States assert, that all power is inherent in the people; that they may exercise it by themselves, in all cases to which they think themselves competent, (as in electing their functionaries executive and legislative, and deciding by a jury of themselves, in all judiciary cases in which any fact is involved,) or they may act by representatives, freely and equally chosen; that it is their right and duty to be at all times armed; " - Thomas Jefferson
"W]hereas, to preserve liberty, it is essential that the whole body of the people always possess arms, and be taught alike, especially when young, how to use them; nor does it follow from this, that all promiscuously must go into actual service on every occasion. The mind that aims at a select militia, must be influenced by a truly anti-republican principle; and when we see many men disposed to practice upon it, whenever they can prevail, no wonder true republicans are for carefully guarding against it. " - Richard Henry Lee.
"W]hen the resolution of enslaving America was formed in Great Britain, the British Parliament was advised by an artful man, who was governor of Pennsylvania, to disarm the people; that it was the best and most effectual way to enslave them; but that they should not do it openly, but weaken them, and let them sink gradually...I ask, who are the militia? They consist of now of the whole people, except a few public officers. But I cannot say who will be the militia of the future day. If that paper on the table gets no alteration, the militia of the future day may not consist of all classes, high and low, and rich and poor... " - George Mason.
The Second Amendment guarantees both the right of the state militias & the individual American to be armed, for numerous reasons, one is to be the largest foolsafe against an all powerful, controlling, tyranny-full government, we must defend our precious liberty as much as our Founders had to then. And defending the second amendment, is the largest step to defend that liberty, once and for all.
Authors note : a special article on the Second Amendment march, or the "Million gunowners march" as I call it, will be appearing soon.