The right is general. It may be supposed from the phraseology of this provision that the right to keep and bear arms was only guaranteed to the militia; but this would be an interpretation not warranted by the intent.
“The object of this clause is to secure a well-armed militia … But a militia would be useless unless the citizens were enabled to exercise themselves in the use of warlike weapons. To preserve this privilege, and to secure to the people the ability to oppose themselves in military force against the usurpations of government, as well as against enemies from without, that government is forbidden by any law or proceeding to invade or destroy the right to keep and bear arms.”
— John Norton Pomeroy
Responsible gun ownership saves lives. The right to self-defense is essential to public safety.
— President Donald J. Trump
“Perhaps the deterioration of American education is illustrated by the high correlation between the number of years a person has attended school and his inability to understand the words ‘the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.’ It is more likely, though, that those who interpret the Second Amendment to preclude an individual right to own guns are driven by their political agenda. Whichever the case, they do themselves no credit when they tell us that a simple, elegant sentence means the opposite of what it clearly says.”
“The nation has debated gun ownership and resolved it in gun owners’ favor, politically and in the nation’s highest court.” — USA Today, March 19th, 2014
“Owning a handgun doesn’t make you armed any more than owning a guitar makes you a musician.”
— Jeff Cooper
“Guns cause crime like flies cause garbage.”
— L. Neil Smith