John: . The Second Amendment, when conceived, was, in effect, guaranteeing the right of the people to own the most potent military weapons of the time--certainly weapons on par with those in the armories of the best-armed nations of the time. In fact, it was not uncommon for (wealthy) private citizens to own cannons or even warships.
2. The Second Amendment is carefully worded in such a way as to make it clear that its purpose is to insure that the armed citizens could help insure the "security of a free state". Clearly, the authors intended to protect the right of the citizens to arm themselves to the point of being an effective military fighting force.
Were alittle outgunned these days arent we?