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The Constitution says:

1st Amendment: "...the right of the people..."

2nd Amendment: "...the right of the people..."

4th Amendment: "...the right of the people..."

9th Amendment: "...retained by the people..."

10th Amendment: " the people..."

Notice the similarity and yet ONLY in the 2nd Amendment do some people claim that "the people" means a group and yet in all other uses of the term, it is undeniably an individual right. The Founders knew that words meant something and were VERY careful in the use and consistency in meaning of those words. The 2nd Amendment is an INDIVIDUAL right just as the right to speak freely is an individual right or an individual's right against illegal search and seizure.

"Democracy is two wolves and a lamb deciding what to have for dinner. Liberty is a well-armed lamb." -Benjamin Franklin