Thomas Jefferson (April 13, 1743 (April 2, 1743 O.S.) – July 4, 1826) was an American Founding Father, the principal author of the Declaration of Independence (1776) and the third President of the United States (1801–1809)
No freeman shall ever be debarred the use of arms. Proposed Virginia Constitution, June, 1776. The constitutions of most of our States assert, that all power is inherent in the people; that they may exercise it by themselves, ... or they may act by representatives, freely and equally chosen; that it is their right and duty to be at all times armed; that they are entitled to freedom of person, freedom of religion, freedom of property, and freedom of the press. Letter to Major John Cartwright (5 June 1824).
Patrick Henry (May 29, 1736 – June 6, 1799). A Founding Father, he served as the first and sixth post-colonial Governor of Virginia, from 1776 to 1779 and from 1784 to 1786.
Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect everyone who approaches that jewel. Unfortunately, nothing will preserve it but downright force. Whenever you give up that force, you are inevitably ruined. Virginia's U.S. Constitution ratification convention (June 5, 1788), reported in Elliot, Debates of the Several State Conventions 3:45. My great objection to this government is, that it does not leave us the means of defending our rights or of waging war against tyrants. Virginia's U.S. Constitution ratification convention (June 5, 1788), reported in Elliot, Debates of the Several State Conventions 3:47. [W]here and when did freedom exist when the power of the sword and purse were given up from the people? Virginia's U.S. Constitution ratification convention (June 9, 1788), Elliot, Debates of the Several State Conventions, 3:169.
John Adams (October 30, 1735 (O.S. October 19, 1735) – July 4, 1826) was the second President of the United States (1797–1801), having earlier served as the first Vice President of the United States. An American Founding Father,
Here every private person is authorized to arm himself, and on the strength of this authority, I do not deny the inhabitants had a right to arm themselves at that time, for their defense, not for offence. As defense attorney for the British soldiers on trial for the Boston Massacre. Reported in L. Kinvin Wroth and Hiller B. Zobel, ed., Legal Papers of John Adams (Cambridge, Mass: Harvard University Press, 1965), 3:248. To see that the people be continually trained up in the exercise of arms, and the militia lodged only in the people's hands. Marchamont Nedhams, reported in Adams', 'A Defense of the Constitutions of the Government of the United States of America 3:471 (1788); Adams wrote there that "[T]he rule in general is excellent". To suppose arms in the hands of citizens, to be used at individual discretion, except in private self-defense, or by partial orders of towns, countries or districts of a state, is to demolish every constitution, and lay the laws prostrate, so that liberty can be enjoyed by no man; it is a dissolution of the government. The fundamental law of the militia is, that it be created, directed and commanded by the laws, and ever for the support of the laws. A Defence of the Constitutions of the United States 3:475 (1787-1788).
There are more quotes and many things people don't realize here in these two links.
Second Amendment to the United States Constitution andQuotes Second Admendment to the Constitution
The quote below is from the first link above I found this very interesting.
During the first two decades following the ratification of the Second Amendment, public opposition to standing armies, among Anti-Federalists and Federalists alike, persisted and manifested itself locally as a general reluctance to create a professional armed police force, instead relying on county sheriffs, constables and night watchmen to enforce local ordinances. Though sometimes compensated, often these positions were unpaid—held as a matter of civic duty. In these early decades, law enforcement officers were rarely armed with firearms, using clubs as their sole defensive weapon. In serious emergencies, a posse comitatus, militia company, or group of vigilantes assumed law enforcement duties; these individuals were more likely than the local sheriff to be armed with firearms.
The Anti-Federalist and Federalist, distrusted the federal government so much that they wouldn't create police forces. Instead they relied on county sheriffs who were unarmed, to enforce laws. And he didn't even have a gun. When thing got serious enough, posse's, militia, and vigilantee, ie private citizens. And these guys were packin.
This is what the founding fathers had in mind, when they drafted the second amendment, they gave us the ability to resist the federal government when they have over stepped their power. For the past twenty years they have been stepping all over us. You see We The People are the power and they don't want us to know that. They want us to think it's just the, what is 435 elected officials,who run the country.
It's plain to see whats happening, the government is using the deaths of its citizens to go after one more of our rights. Just like they did eleven years ago, they are doing the same now.
Instead of focusing on the hundred's or thousand's that are already in place.
Educate yourselves and see what the founding father meant, and see how through the years the fed has manipulated the system to to have consolidated power in their hands.
I say to you that if We The People, allow this to happen we will be allowing the very thing that our foundling fathers feared and that was the enslavement of the populace to the federal government.
Some say we all ready are some say no we are not. Me I say yes if it walks like a duck and quakes like a duck, then it is probably is a duck