James Madison Oppressors can only tyrannize when they achieve a standing army and enslaved press and a disarmed population.
Thomas Jefferson, no freeman shall ever be disbarred the use of arms.
George Mason, To disarm the people is the most effectual way to enslave them.
Patric Henry the great object is that every man be armed
To argue that the flintlock is what they were talking about would be like saying Since TV and Radio and the Internet were not known it does not come under the first Amendment.