In response to a letter from Sid Williams: So let me get this straight. The right to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed actually means the people cannot keep and bear arms? How does he misinterpret that? Here's some help so he can get that cleared up.
"No man shall ever be debarred the use of arms." Thomas Jefferson.
"Arms in the hands of citizens may be used at individual discretion in private self- defense." John Adams.
"Americans have the right and advantage to be armed, unlike the people of other countries, whose leaders are afraid to trust them." James Madison.
"The Constitution shall never be construed to prevent the people of the United States, who are peaceable citizens, from keeping their own arms." Samuel Adams.
"Arms discourage and keep the invader and plunderer in awe, and preserve order in the world as property. Horrid mischief would ensue, were the law-abiding deprived of the use of them." Thomas Paine.
"Firearms stand next in importance to the Constitution. They are the American people's liberty teeth and keystone under independence. From the hour the pilgrims landed to the present day, events, occurrences and tendencies prove that to ensure peace, security and happiness, the rifle and pistol are equally indispensable. The very atmosphere of firearms restrains evil interference. They deserve a place of honor with all that's good." George Washington.
"I ask, sir, what is the militia? It is the whole people except for a few politicians." George Mason.