"...the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed."For the Constitution to be accepted by the free states, there had to be something the states wanted as well as something the people wanted.
"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."
"A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state COMMA...."
Each state has the Constitutional authority to organize a militia.
"...the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed."
This is self-explanatory. To understand what it means, substitute the word "infringed" with "cannot be inhibited in any way".
Noah Webster was known to be able to express the educated thoughts of the people. Here's what he had to say about the Second Amendment in his attempt to convince the people to accept it:
"Before a standing army can rule, the people must be disarmed; as they are in almost every kingdom of Europe. The supreme power in America cannot enforce unjust laws by the sword; because the whole body of the people are armed, and constitute a force superior to any band of regular troops that can be, on any pretence, raised in the United States."
Noah Webster, "An Examination into the Leading Principles of the Federal Constitution", 1787
Great, we'll keep em down at the local armory and when the British invade again we'll hand em out.
How do you feel about the Unconstitutionality of the state of West Virginia?
Article 4 Section 3
New States may be admitted by the Congress into this Union; but no new States shall be formed or erected within the Jurisdiction of any other State; nor any State be formed by the Junction of two or more States, or parts of States, without the Consent of the Legislatures of the States concerned as well as of the Congress.