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."
The whole business of politics has been effectively subcontracted out to a band of professionals. Money people, outreach people, message people, research people. The rest of us are meant to feel like amateurs. In the sense of suckers. We become demotivated to learn more about how things work. We begin to opt out.