Like I said about TJ, I my memory of it was not that good. I do recall him being in France at the time of the Constitutional convention but having a lot of input by letter. I recall he was also strongly supportive of adding the Bill of Rights after the Constitution was written and signed. He was not a signer on the Constitution but I would argue he had a lot of influence and likely a good understanding of what the mindset of the Founders was. Yes, I am aware of Madison's view on it.39 delegates signed the Constitution of the United States and Jefferson was not one of them, one man's word should not supercede all of the founding fathers anyway. Also who is Justice Scalia to determine what our rights mean based on his personal opinion? There is a major indifference of what a politician thinks should be law to what actually is our birth rights, whatever party is in power at the time gets to determine the current justices when there is an opening and using them to push that party's agenda circumventing the Bill of Rights and playing politics with freedoms.
It's very easy to cherry pick a couple statements made throughout different periods in history to fit a narrative but it doesn't always validate an argument.
Just my thoughts!
As to Scalia, he and the rest of SCOTUS are the the nine who determine what the law is an what it says, per Marbury v. Madison. That's who he is. He also was not the first to say there are limits to a constitutional right. That goes way back. The Constitution is the supreme law of the land and the Court has the ultimate authority to interpret what it means. The rights we have in the Constitution are law, and SCOTUS interprets the law. Just as SCOTUS has the power to determine what violates your right to be free from unreasonable search and seizure or self incrimination in a criminal case, it has the power to determine the extent of your right to free speech, freedom from government imposed religion, and freedom to keep and bear arms. You can object to that one all you want but it will come to precisely nothing.