Well-regulated militia, what was the intent? [ by Ferrando Heyward]
It's often good to go back and study the papers & ideas written during the period of an event to get a more well rounded sense of the "why", the reasoning and the arguments made. The Federalist papers, journals and letters written during the time provide some needed insight.
The elephant in the room. Following the tragic event in Uvalde, this is a topic that needs to be discussed since there will be many knee jerk reactions with a need to do something with respect to gun control.
So, is there a constitutional right for INDIVIDUALS to own arms or is it only guaranteed for a "well regulated militia"?
Jim Ludas wrote a piece A "Well-Regulated Militia" for the Pell Center (Aug 08 2019). In it he opines that he found the answer