"No Free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms."
-Thomas Jefferson, Proposal Virginia Constitution, 1 T.Jefferson Papers, 334,[C.J.Boyd, Ed., 1950]
"Americans have the right and advantage of being armed -unlike the citizens of other countries whose governments are afraid to trust the people with arms."
-James Madison, The Federalist Papers #46 at 243-244
"Before a standing army can rule, the people must be disarmed; as they are in almost every kingdom of Europe. The supreme power in America cannot enforce unjust lawsby the sword; because the whole body of the people are armed, and constitute a force superior to anybands of regular troops that can be, on any pretense, raised in the United States"
-Noah Webster in 'An Examination into the Leading Principles of the Federal Constitution', 1787
"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, Debates and Proceedings in the Convention of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, 86-87
"To preserve liberty, it is essential that the whole body of people always possess arms, and be taught alike especially when young, how to use them."
-Richard Henry Lee, 1788, Initiator of the Declaration of Independence, and member of the first Senate, which passed the Bill of Rights, Walter Bennett, ed.,Letters from the Federal Farmer to the Republican (Univ. of Alabama Press,1975)
"The great object is that every man be armed" and "everyone who is able may have a gun."
-Patrick Henry, in the Virginia Convention on the ratification of the Constitution. Debates and other Proceedings of the Convention of Virginia,...taken in shorthand by David Robertson of Petersburg, at 271, 275 2ded. Richmond, 1805. Also 3 Elliot, Debates at 386
Yet politicians find it difficult to discern what the Second Amendment means...? They want to state what it means to THEM, and in this they are beginning to seem like the bickering masses during the creation of the Nicean Creed