This article is for the Constitution supporters as well as the anti-gunners. I have seen multiple instances where neither side can explain the wording of the second amendment correctly.
The Second Amendment of the United States Constitution reads:
A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.
What blazes out for most anti-gunners is the first three words: “A well regulated”. Which inevitably starts, “Haha! See???? We can regulate you all down to slingshots if we feel so inclined.”
“Well regulated” and “unregulated” were terms used in the 18th century to describe the military. “Unregulated” meant that the military were not equipped and supplied. “Well regulated” meant that they were “well” equipped and supplied. When the founders wrote this amendment, they were not telling the future federal government to create rules and regulations against the people. Actually, it was the opposite. The Bill of Rights was demanded to be added so future federal governments could read exactly what they CANNOT do to the people. In regards to the Second Amendment, not only is our Bill of Rights stating we should not be regulated (as we know the word today), but rather the opposite. It is saying that the citizens should be well equipped with arms.
One of the most fought over words in the whole amendment. What is the militia? The anti-gun crowd wants to say it is the National Guard. It is not. The National Guard follows the orders of the Governor of the state of which it resides. The Guard takes no orders from citizens. The militia is the people. The militia consists of ordinary citizens who get angry enough to pick up their rifle, join together and demand change. It is often humorous to hear people preach that the “militia” is today’s National Guard, and then in the next breath complain that we have to do something about “those crazy militias out there” referring to cattle ranchers protesting the federal government taking their land.
Being necessary to the security of a free State
The Founders specifically stated “security of a FREE State” not “of THE State.” This is often grossly overlooked in my humble opinion. The reason the wording is “free State” is two-fold: 1) Throughout history, free men had the opportunity to possess the latest and most efficient weaponry. Slaves were not allowed weapons. You cannot be in a state of freedom if you are not allowed to protect yourself and your possessions. 2) Most importantly, the Founders just cast off the tyrannical government of England. They knew all too well the importance of having the ARMS TO MATCH any tyrannical government’s military including one’s own. (One might also notice at this point that nowhere in the 2nd does it say anything about hunting).
The Right of the People
The People are the citizens of the United States of America. “We the People” have been granted the right by our Creator to protect our life and the life of others. It is important to remember that our rights referred to in the Constitution as well as in the Declaration of Independence come from OUR CREATOR not from the Government. The government would like everyone to believe that our rights are granted to us from them. If we believe this tripe, then they can then restrict and eliminate any of our “rights” as they see fit. It is of grave importance that people recognize the origins of our rights.
From the Declaration of Independence:
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights,…”
To Keep and Bear Arms
To own firearms and be able to travel with them. The Founders again were specific. “To keep” which does not mean locked up in an armory or shooting range. It means to have at one’s disposal. “Bear arms” means to be able to transport and display firearms freely. What good is the freedom of speech if you are restricted to only speaking out at your own residence?
Shall Not Be Infringed
18th century definition of “infringed” is the same as today’s. INFRINGE (verb): act so as to limit or undermine (something); encroach on. Basically, this last phrase is demanding that the federal government never does absolutely anything to stop their citizens from owning arms.