There’s about to be a big debate, so here’s my two cents worth.
“What is the militia? It is the whole people. To disarm the people is the best and most effectual way to enslave them.” – George Mason (father of the Bill of Rights)
“Laws that forbid the carrying of arms…disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes…Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man.” – Thomas Jefferson
You’ve probably seen the bumper sticker that says “If guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have guns”. Now you have proof that the framers had that opinion too.