Found this.... The Second Amendment was based partially on the right to keep and bear arms in English common law and was influenced by the English Bill of Rights of 1689. Sir William Blackstone described this right as an auxiliary right, supporting the natural rights of self-defense and resistance to oppression, and the civic duty to act in concert in defense of the state. Wikipedia of all places!! Second Amendment to the United States Constitution - Wikipedia Armed Americans are free Americans. Don't let anyone tell you different.