2nd Amendment Resource

There is a more principled reason for the right to keep and bear arms than the 2nd Amendment, never-the-less, the Report of the Subcommitte On The Constitution of the Committee On The Judiciary United States Senate Ninety-Seventh Congress Second Session - THE RIGHT TO KEEP AND BEAR ARMS (pdf of 27 pgs.) is a good resource.  From the preface.

“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.” (Richard Henry Lee, Virginia delegate to the Continental Congress, initiator of the
Declaration of Independence, and member of the first Senate, which passed the Bill of Rights.)

“The great object is that every man be armed . . . Everyone who is able may have a gun.” (Patrick Henry, in the Virginia Convention on the ratification of the Constitution.)

“The advantage of being armed . . . the Americans possess over the people of all other nations . . . Notwithstanding the military establishments in the several Kingdoms of Europe, which are carried as far as the public resources will bear, the governments are afraid to trust the people with arms.” (James Madison, author of the Bill of Rights, in his Federalist Paper No. 26.)

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