Amendment II – Bill of Rights – United States Constitution:
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.
‘A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State…’
What does this mean? In its most basic definition, it means: in order to guarantee that sovereignty cannot and will not be violated, a ‘Militia’ (composed of free ‘people’ in a ‘free State’) must arm and train themselves to be able to overcome any conceivable force intent on subjugating them. Considering that our Founders believed implicitly and explicitly in our natural God-given right of self-defense, they didn’t intend for us to be relegated to ‘bringing a knife to a gunfight’. Amendment II was crafted to assure that our government is specifically proscribed from interfering with that right, and that we have available to us the tools necessary to repel the next invasion – or the next attempt at tyranny.
According to his own writings, James Madison, who is credited with authoring the final ratified draft of the 2nd Amendment, determined ‘well regulated’ to mean ‘made regular’, as in: ‘made equal to’ (or more accurately, ‘made superior to’).
Webster’s Dictionary defines ‘militia’: “1. a) originally, any military force. b) later, any army composed of citizens rather than professional soldiers, called out in time of emergency. 2. In the United States, all able-bodied male citizens between 18 and 45 years old who are not already members of the regular armed forces: National Guard, Organized Reserve Corps (Army and Air), and the Naval and Marine Reserves, constitute the Organized Militia; all others, the unorganized militia.”
It is clear that We the People are the Militia. It is our duty as citizens, and the price we pay for our Liberty, to come to our nation’s defense when necessity arises. It is also clear that our Founders intended for us to ensure our own security by maintaining a well-armed and well-trained presence, the goal of which is to ‘discourage and keep the invader and plunderer in awe, and preserve order in the world as well as prosperity’. (Thomas Paine)
‘..the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.’
It is not coincidental or accidental that ‘Arms’ is capitalized. A bloody war to end our freedom and Liberty, waged against us by a force of far superior numbers and armaments, had just been fought and won by the judicious application of ‘Arms’, employed by a ‘Militia’ composed of free People – the original ‘all-volunteer army’. The importance of ‘Arms’ and ‘a well regulated Militia’ were immediately obvious, relevant and inescapable. The importance of being armed superior to any invading force was paramount.
It still is.
Self-professed Constitutional scholars have parsed the meanings of words, syntax, and punctuation (even the location and significance of commas!), and ‘evolving’ definitions beyond ‘Original Intent’. They have redefined ‘well regulated’ to mean ‘regimented’, ‘organized’, ‘controlled’. ‘Militia’ has been defined as a hierarchical ‘standing army’ – clearly not Mr. Madison’s view, as his writings clearly indicate he disliked the idea of a permanent peacetime military. ‘Arms’ has been redefined to mean ‘sporting handguns, shotguns, and rifles’, preferably non-military-style, of a certain length, semi-automatic or single-shot only – ‘NO SCARY ASSAULT WEAPONS, PLEASE!’
These ‘evolving’ interpretations of the 2nd Amendment (and, supposedly, how it is applied to We The People) have been the basis of every GUN CONTROL effort in our history. It has never been about ‘common sense’, or ‘child safety’ or ‘the public good’. It is now and always has been about eventual confiscation and the inevitable tyranny that follows.
‘Those who fail to learn the lessons of history are doomed to repeat them.’ That has been said in many forms by many very astute observers of human nature. The proof is there for all to see: Stalin; Hitler; Mao. First gun registration, then confiscation, then total domination.
Without exception, every GUN CONTROL law in every jurisdiction in the United States of America is unconstitutional, and violates our natural God-given right of self-defense – by limiting our ability to do so.
Bottom line: the 2nd Amendment does not confer upon us a privilege allowed by government. It prohibits government from infringing on our Sacred rights. It is also the only bulwark standing in defense of all of our other rights.
An armed society is a polite society.
God Bless America.