A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed. if the founding fathers wanted to allow citizens unencumbered access to firearms why didn't they simply leave off the first 13 words? The right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed. this is what the 2nd amendment means to many ... but it is not how it was written. what do you think was their intent?