"Arms in the hands of citizens may be used at individual discretion . . . in private self-defense. "
~ John Adams
"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 invader and plunderer in awe, and preserve order in the world as well as property. ... Horrid mischief would ensue were [the law-abiding] deprived of the use of them. "
~ Thomas Paine
"[The Constitution preserves] the advantage of being armed which Americans possess over the people of almost every other nation...[where] the government s are afraid to trust the people with arms."
~ James Madison