There are those that think the English Bobbies who are unarmed are the way to go. No, they never made it to a legislature anywhere in the US.
The reason that the law people hadn't thought of the 2nd protecting the individual right to keep and bear arms is that they hadn't much considered it. When they were forced to by court cases, they came to the conclusion that "the people" in the 2nd Amendment were the same people as in the other parts of the constitution, and meant US as the people, not a state or governmental entity.
The founding fathers were quite clear in their rhetoric that they meant "the people" when they wrote the constitution. Here's a few samples:
"The Constitution shall never be construed....to prevent the
people of the United States who are peaceable citizens from
keeping their own arms."
"Let us recollect that peace or war will not always be left to
our option; that however moderate or unambitious we may be, we
cannot count upon the moderation, or hope to extinguish the
ambition of others."
RICHARD HENRY LEE:
"To preserve liberty, it is essential that the whole body of
the people always possess arms, and be taught alike, especially
when young, how to use them."
"No free government was ever founded, or ever preserved its
liberty, without uniting the characters of the citizen and sol-
dier in those destined for the defense of the state...Such are a
well regulated militia, composed of the freeholders, citizen and
husbandman, who take up arms to preserve their property, as
individuals, and their rights as freemen."
"The power of the sword, say the minority of Pennsylvania, is
in the hands of Congress. My friends and countrymen, it is not
so, for THE POWERS OF THE SWORD ARE IN THE HANDS OF THE YEOMANRY
OF AMERICA FROM SIXTEEN TO SIXTY. The militia of these free
commonwealths, entitled and accustomed to their arms, when com-
pared with any possible army, must be tremendous and irresisti-
ble. Who are the militia? Are they not ourselves? Is it
feared, then, that we shall turn our arms each man against his
own bosom? Congress have no power to disarm the militia. Their
swords, and every other terrible implement of the soldier, are
the birth-right of an American...[T]he unlimited power of the
sword is not in the hands of either the federal or state govern-
ments, but, where I trust in God it ever will remain, in the
hands of the people."
"It is asserted by the most respectable writers upon govern-
ment, that a well regulated militia, composed of the yeomanry of
the country, have ever been considered as the bulwark of a free
people. Tyrants have never placed any confidence on a militia
composed of freemen."
"Americans have the right and advantage of being armed ...the
Americans possess over the people of all other nations...Notwith-
standing the military establishments in the several Kingdoms of
Europe, which are carried as far as the public resources will
bear, the governments are afraid to trust the people with arms."
"Congress shall never disarm any citizen unless such as are or
have been in Actual Rebellion."
"The great object is that every man be armed. Everyone who is
able may have a gun."
"Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect
everyone who approaches that jewel. Unfortunately, nothing will
preserve it but downright force. Whenever you give up that
force, you are ruined."
"Have we the means of resisting disciplined armies, when our
only defense, the militia, is put in the hands of Congress? Of
what service would militia be to you when, most probably, you
will not have a single musket in the state? For, as arms are to
be provided by Congress, they may or may not provide them."
"Are we at last brought to such a humiliating and debasing
degradation, that we cannot be trusted with arms for our own
defense? Where is the difference between having our arms in our
own possession and under our own direction, and having them under
the management of Congress? If our defense be the real object of
having those arms, in whose hands can they be trusted with more
propriety, or equal safety to us, as in our own hands?
"...[T]he people are not to be disarmed of their weapons.
They are left in full possession of them."
"That the said Constitution shall never be construed to au-
thorize Congress to infringe the just liberty of the press or the
rights of conscience; or to prevent the people of the United
States who are peaceful citizens from keeping their own arms...."
"Firearms stand next in importance to the Constitution itself.
They are the American people's liberty teeth and keystone under
independence...From the hour the Pilgrims landed to the present
day, events, occurrences, and tendencies prove that to ensure
peace, security, and happiness, the rifle and pistol are equally
indispensable...The very atmosphere of firearms everywhere re-
strains evil interference--they deserve a place of honor with all
"A free people ought...to be armed."
"There is nothing so likely to produce peace as to be well
prepared to meet the enemy."
"To be prepared for war is one of the most effectual means of
"And what country can preserve its liberties, if its rulers
are not warned from time to time, that this people preserve the
right of resistance? Let them take arms...The tree of liberty
must be refreshed from time to time, with the blood of patriots
and tyrants. It is its natural manure."
"No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms."
"I ask, sir, what is the militia? It is the whole people,
except for a few public officials."
"To disarm the people is the best and most effectual way to