With Heller about to be argued, a lot of folks are debating what the Second Amendment means. But what does the historical record really show?
A cool (and useful) website is ConSource, which is a free, fully-indexed online library of constitutional sources. Apparently the lawyers (on both sides) have been using ConSource to track down historical references.
The website not only has an image of the Constitution posted on it, but also lots of useful related sources (e.g., the Federalist Papers and ratification debates).
Here are the gun-related documents on ConSource related to the Second Amendment:
There are also some interesting secondary sources, specifically letters of the Framers:
I can't say I've made a fully study of every bit of evidence. But there is lots of ammunition for the individual rights proponents in here.