A good quote by a federalist on the second amendmentSubmitted by Verrater on Thu, 07/18/2013 - 14:09
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)