SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - Individuals bearing arms was considered less a new right than an established expectation at the time the second amendment guaranteed that liberty in America.
The concept was rooted in British culture and reflective of a time when kings did not maintain large standing armies. But it extended just as importantly to self-defense then as it does today.
Early on, it was believed an armed public could prevent government corruption, but it didn't quite turn out that way, did it?
"I am a retired military person and I believe it's a right that everybody should have for our basic protection,'' said State Representative Bob Bryant. "And those are rights I just can't see living without.''
There has long been disagreement about what exactly the Second Amendment actually was intended to stipulate.
But, after 217 years of debate on whether the right to bear arms was an individual right or a state right solely for forming a militia, the Supreme Court finally ruled conclusively in 2008 that it is an individual right.