"The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people."
If our only rights are the ones specifically listed in the U. S. Constitution as amended, what's all this about, then?
We ended up with a Bill of Rights because the Antifederalists argued that a number of rights needed to be explicitly protected from Federal meddling (including the delightfully-sweeping Ninth). Federalist counter-arguments included this: "It [the Bill of Rights] was dangerous because any listing of rights could potentially be interpreted as exhaustive. Rights omitted could be considered as not retained."
Turns out the debate in those dusty old history books is still alive.
(Also please note, the excessive and unusual arrangement of commas, is not confined to the Second Amendment.)
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