Re: The Second Amendment---Broken down
Printers in those days took great liberties with the punctuation of the written matter they received for processing. The original document written to be presented to the States did not have so many commas. There is evidence that the Amendments presented to the States were punctuated differently, comparing one State's to another's. In those days, this did not cause much comment, as they were accustomed to thinking for themselves and drawing out the meaning and intent of the documents as presented. Each State had in place people who were involved in the writing of the original document. Thus they had witness testimony of what the true meaning of the amendment was in the minds and intent of the authors.
Read the Federalist Papers and the Anti-Federalist Papers for insight as to the intent of the authors. It is a real eye-opener.