2nd Amendment to the United States Constitution - "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."
”By calling attention to ‘a well regulated militia,’ ‘the security of the nation,’ and the right of each citizen ‘to keep and bear arms,’ our founding fathers recognized the essentially civilian nature of our economy… The Second Amendment still remains an important declaration of our basic civilian-military relationships in which every citizen must be ready to participate in the defense of his country. For that reason I believe the Second Amendment will always be important.” ~John F. Kennedy
”The right of the people to keep and bear…arms shall not be infringed. A well regulated militia, composed of the body of the people, trained to arms, is the best and most natural defense of a free country…” ~James Madison
"The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort,to protect themselves against a tyranny in government." -Thomas Jefferson
"The beauty of the Second Amendment is that it will not be needed until they try to take it." -Thomas Jefferson