notarobot says... The word "militia" comes up time and time again in those founding documents. That the citizens should have access to arms as party of "a well regulated militia." The modern interpretation of the second amendment has done away with the idea that a citizen ought to be a part of an organized militia to bear arms. The founders of the US said other things too: “A lady asked Dr. Franklin Well Doctor what have we got a republic or a monarchy. A republic replied the Doctor if you can keep it.” I imagine that Franklin thought the republic would need defending against other monarchies, not from large corporations who, after centuries of wealth concentration would, with a few lobby organizations like the NRA, become the de-facto unelected rulers of the land. I can't imagine that Franklin would have expected that children should go to elementary school in fear of being murdered by their classmates either. harlequinn said: The founders of the USA foresaw this sort of issue and wrote an extremely strong constitution preventing government from effectively regulating arms.