Literally, it means that the American people will retain the right to carry weapons as members of a state militia in order to safeguard their freedom....
#86 | Posted by kanrei
Been reading long kan?
The introductory phrase about the militia is there to clarify why the rest of the amendment is there.
"No Free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms." (Thomas Jefferson, Proposal Virginia Constitution, 1 T. Jefferson Papers, 334,[C.J.Boyd, Ed., 1950])
"A militia, when properly formed, are in fact the people themselves...and include all men capable of bearing arms." (Richard Henry Lee, Additional Letters from the Federal Farmer (1788) at 169)
I think I'll stick with the framers of the constitution and not the chicago tribune.