Consider what our founders told us:
"Firearms stand next in importance to the Constitution itself. They are the American people's liberty teeth and keystone under independence. . . From
"The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is. . . to protect themselves against tyranny in government." - Thomas Jefferson
"Americans (have) the right and advantage of being armed -- unlike citizens of other countries whose governments are afraid to trust people with arms." - James Madison
"Congress shall never disarm any citizen unless such as are or have been in actual rebellion."
- James Madison
"Arms in the hands of citizens (may) be used at individual discretion. . . in private self-defense. . ."
- John Adams