Malcolm, "That Every Man Be Armed," pp. 452, 466. "The Second Amendment reflects traditional English attitudes toward these three distinct, but intertwined, issues: the right of the individual to protect his life, the challenge to government of an armed citizenry, and the preference for a militia over a standing army. The framers' attempt to address all three in a single declarative sentence has contributed mightily to the subsequent confusion over the proper interpretation of the Second Amendment."
Merkel and Uviller, pp. 62, 179 ff, 183, 188 ff, 306. "[T]he right to bear arms was articulated as a civic right inextricably linked to the civic obligation to bear arms for the public defense."
Fair enough, I stand corrected.
More Ammunition for the Conspiracy Theorists.
I agree completely, but most people who call historic laws into a conversation do so invoking the original intent, regardless of the law makers process since that time. Which is flawed as few laws that were passed then would be passed with the same intent in todays society.