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A good quote by a federalist on the second amendment

The prohibition is general. No clause in the Constitution could by any rule of construction be conceived to give to congress a power to disarm the people. Such a flagitious attempt could only be made under some general pretence by a state legislature. But if in any blind pursuit of inordinate power, either should attempt it, this amendment may be appealed to as a restraint on both.

-William Rawle, United States District Attorney for Pennsylvania 1791 (appointed by Washington)

http://press-pubs.uchicago.edu/founders/print_documents/amen...




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Correct, the Second Amendment is stronger than the First

The First says "Congress shall pass no law", which left it open for the states to possibly do, at least until the 14th.

But the Second is a broad assertion. It doesn't say Congress can pass no law that infringes on the right to bear arms. It says the right to bear arms shall not be infringed whatsoever.

And yes, yes, I am quite clear the Constitution does not grant rights. However the Second Amendment was certainly intended to protect them from abuse.