Do not separate text from historical background. If you do, you will have perverted and subverted the Constitution, which can only end in a distorted, bastardized form of illegitimate government.
More James Madison quotes :
To the press alone, chequered as it is with abuses, the world is indebted for all the triumphs which have been gained by reason and humanity over error and oppression.James Madison
A well regulated militia, composed of the body of the people, trained in arms, is the best most natural defense of a free country.James Madison