The debate is fierce with passions on both sides of the argument. If you have an opinion or want to engage in the debate, it might be wise to know what you’re talking about.
The Second Amendment of the Constitution of the United States addresses the subject:
A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.
No matter which side of the argument, in order to participate in the debate, it might be wise to understand the thoughts of the Founding Fathers about the right to bear arms. A link to a good history of the origins of the second amendment is below.
As the constitutional debates prove, the framers recognized that the common public purpose of preserving freedom would be served by protecting each individual’s right to arms, thus empowering the people to resist tyranny and preserve the republic.