Second Amendment: What does it really mean?


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After every public shooting in the US, there is a cry for more gun control. If only there were more gun control laws then the shooting would not have happened. If only the NRA were weaker or non-existent, then we would all be safer. Over the last 30 years, the gun control megaphone has gotten louder and more persistent. What does the second amendment say about gun control?

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”

A well regulated militia is a an organized, disciplined army. Our independence required an organized, disciplined army to defeat the British.

  • “being necessary to the security of a free State”

The armies were organized by states and provided for the security of each state. A free state requires a strong army. Federalism supporting states rights was supported by all of the states because the name of the country is the United States of America.

  • “the right of the people to keep and bear Arms”

The people in each state are empowered to keep and bear arms. The militias in each state were comprised of the citizens bearing their personal arms. Some say that the only weapons allowed were for muskets and then only for hunting. The purpose of the arms is for the defense of the state.

If the federal government tyranny becomes a threat to the states, then the states have a right to defend themselves against the overreach, even by succession. There is no authority for the federal government to attack a state.

We now have the Department of Defense, which did not exist when the Constitution was ratified. The Department of Defense (DOD) is to protect the United States, which is why it is not called the Department of Offense. The National Guard and the police are responsible for enforcing order within the country.

  • “shall not be infringed”

The right for individuals to bear arms is protected by the Constitution. Some arms are banned by law: machine guns, nuclear weapons, grenades, and many other weapons reserved for the military. Semi-automatic rifles and pistols are legal. Semi-automatic means that every time that the trigger is pulled then one bullet is discharged. There is a goal to infringe upon the right to use a semi-automatic rifle.

Many of the mass shootings have occurred in gun-free zones. Robbery or violent acts are hazardous when concealed carry weapons are legal.

Note: I have never owned a gun or been an NRA member. I have shot various guns during my Naval service  ( .50 caliber machines guns, M60 machine guns, 9 mm pistols, and colt 45 pistols). I am an avid supporter of the second amendment.