The Right to Bear Arms


There has been much discussion by people in the NRA and others against legislation restricting sales of firearms.  Much of that centers on the 2nd amendment of the U.S. Constitution.  But what does the 2nd amendment actually say?

2nd Amendment:   ”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”

So what is a “militia?”
 Webster’s definition of a militia reads::  “1a : a part of the organized armed forces of a country liable to call only in emergency b : a body of citizens organized for military service 2: the whole body of able-bodied male citizens declared by law as being subject to call to military service.”

You will note that nothing in the 2nd amendment says anything about hunting animals
or recreational use of firearms, or even protection of one’s home.  Moreover, the military
draft, which is no longer enforced in this country, is implicit in the 2nd amendment.  It
would not be unreasonable to say that abolishing the military draft was a violation of
the 2nd amendment.  The military draft was abolished in 1973 by a Democrat majority in both houses of Congress and a Republican President (Richard Nixon).  The 2nd amendment says nothing about protecting the people from the state, only about the people securing the state.  


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