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That isn't what is written in the Second Amendment. "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". Like I said, shall not be infringed is the only clause in the 2A that actually prohibits or grants government any power. A well regulated Militia is the subordinate clause, simply describing why it is necessary that the right to bear Arms not be infringed. I think it applies even more so today. We have the highest incarceration rate of any country, the size of the federal government today would utterly terrify the Founders, American police are domestic terrorists capable of entering your home without your knowledge, instating a gag order and stealing from you without a warrant.
He may have feared an armed populace that was too strong, but the right to bear arms doesn't come from the Second Amendment. The right to bear arms is a natural right. The Founders created the U.S. Constitution to preserve natural rights. The 2A even says, "the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed". This is the only clause of the Second Amendment that prohibits or grants any powers to the federal government. It was implemented to appease the anti-Federalists, who strongly believed an armed people were essential to the security of a free State.
"[I]f circumstances should at any time oblige the government to form an army of any magnitude that army can never be formidable to the liberties of the people while there is a large body of citizens, little, if at all, inferior to them in discipline and the use of arms, who stand ready to defend their own rights and those of their fellow-citizens. This appears to me the only substitute that can be devised for a standing army, and the best possible security against it, if it should exist." - Alexander Hamilton, Federalist No. 28, January 10, 1788 You were saying, dumbass?
Yeah, except Reagan actually signed gun control legislation into law in 1986. Idiots.