James Madison : "Americans have 'the advantage of being armed' - unlike the citizens of other countries where 'the governments are afraid to trust the people with arms."
Patrick Henry : "The great objective is that every man be armed. ... Everyone who is able may have a gun."
George Mason : "To disarm the people [is] the best and most effectual way to enslave them."
Samuel Adams : "The Constitution shall never be construed ... to prevent the people of the United States who are peaceable citizens from keeping their own arms."
Alexander Hamilton : "The best we can hope for concerning the people at large is that they be properly armed."
Richard Henry Lee : "To preserve liberty, it is essential that the whole body of the people ALWAYS possess arms, and be taught alike, especially when young, how to use them."