"J. Clarke" wrote in message
Some folks insist that the Founders didn't want an armed citizenry aside from service in a state militia. Actually the Founders made it clear that an armed citizenry independent of the state was exactly what they wanted, some of them wrote and spoke on the subject in very clear terms, just as they did on the subject of how undesirable it was for govt. and religion to be mixed. The courts consider such extra-constitutional evidence when they are interpreting the Constitution, which seems a reasonable thing to do when trying to figure out what the Founders *meant* which is the role which inevitably came to the courts.
Pretty much the theme of the Bill of Rights.
They had to agree to legal slavery for the same reason, but that doesn't mean many weren't holding their noses when they signed.
Put me down on the list of those who are pleased that the courts went that route, state religions are things of horror.