right of the citizens to keep and bear arms has justly been considered, as
the palladium of the liberties of a republic; since it offers a strong
moral check against the usurpation and arbitrary power of rulers; and will
generally, even if these are successful in the first instance, enable the
people to resist and triumph over them...."
Quoted from Joseph Story* in,
“Commentaries on the Constitution” (1833).
* Former Associate Justice of U.S.