Nat Kinney said…
The Second Amendment does not say that every yahoo has the right to own any weapon he or she wants.
It says:”A well regulated Militia being necessary to the security of a free State … “
Within the context of a well regulated Militia, there exists the right to bear arms. The NRA types want us to ignore this part of the constitution and for us to think that anyone should be able to carry an uzi into any school, church, hospital or mall — no questions asked.
My response from that comments thread is below. I am not accustomed to arguing for the Second Amendment, but it is as important as any other, so I figured I would give it a shot.
“Within the context of a well regulated Militia, there exists the right to bear arms.”
That is not what it says. It says, “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.”
Meaning, that since a well regulated Militia is necessary for the security of a free State, we shall have the right to bear arms. Well regulated in this sense does not mean government regulated, as we have come to know it in the age of big government. By examining contemporaneous documents, it is clear that well regulated, means well trained and organized.
A Militia is not just an arm of the government. Sometimes the people who are threatening the security of the free State are the government. The Second Amendment is there to allow us the ability to always keep our freedom, even in the light of an oppressive government.
You have to remember, these guys just came from fighting an oppressive government for their freedom. They know that sometimes the people must rise up against the government and they wanted the right to bear arms protected.
The right shall not be infringed. Period. That is what it says. It does not say, “the right of the Militia men to keep and bear Arms.” It says “the people.” If, as you said, it was only in the context of the Militia, it would say so.
And, just so you know, I am not an “NRA type.” I hate guns. Just the same, I am not comfortable with the only people who own guns being the government and the criminals.
I do know that many of history’s dictators started their reign by banning guns, leaving the people helpless to stop them, and I sleep better knowing that there are gun owners in this country willing to die fighting for our freedom should it ever come to that.
So there you have it, my first attempt at defending the Second Amendment. Feel free to tear it apart. It’s the only way I will learn.