I think what the founders also meant, based on their wording of the 2nd amendment, is that government's role is not to give us our rights but instead to protect our rights.
The 2nd amendment does not give us the right to keep and bear arms.
What the 2nd amendment does do is prohibits the government from taking away that right. "the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed." It's a prohibition upon the government to not infringe on that right of The People.
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