Every damn day I talk to people who don’t understand what the 2nd Amendment means so I’m going to break it down for you, explain in terms even a Liberal can understand…whether they choose to admit it remains to be seen.
The 2nd amendment.
“A WELL REGULATED MILITIA,…
(The first thing people need to understand is what “well regulated” meant in the 17 and 1800’s . It didn’t mean the same thing as to what people think it means now. Today, Regulated means, to control or direct according to rule, principle, or law. In the 17 and 1800’s Regulated meant, to put or maintain in order. So, when our founders wrote the 2nd Amendment and used “A Well Regulated” for the first 3 words, they were referring to “a well armed and well trained” militia, not that the government should, needs or has the authority to dictate what types of firearms we can and cannot KEEP, or where we have the right to BEAR them. People nowadays think it means that the government has the right to regulate our firearms but any rational intelligent person would understand that if it meant what they thought it meant back when our founders wrote it today it would contradict with the “shall not be infringed” part, right?… but we’ll get to that in a minute, but first lets discuss what an actual militia is and isn’t.
The “militia” was not a standing army like the U.S. Army now or even the Colonial Army or Colonial Regulars during the revolution. They were every day ordinary citizens that could be called up at a moments notice in a time of need. They could fight with the regular Army or oppose them if they were ever to became tyrannical. The militias were all volunteer and were under no contractual obligation nor were they paid unless asked to stand or fight a long side the regular Army, but they could leave anytime and were under no oath or contract to stay. The Militias were not controlled by local, state or the federal governments, as I said, it was all volunteer but every citizens duty to be armed and ready. Now, Liberals/Democrats and those who oppose the second amendment would like everyone to believe that National Guard is the Militia…and they would be wrong. Why? Because one, the National Guard is in fact a Branch of the U.S. Army and they are under contract with their state governments, the federal government and receive a paycheck from the government which is the very definition of a “Standing Army”. Our founders intended for our militias to NOT be controlled by the government because if the government EVER became tyrannical they wanted a “citizens militia” to be able to take the power back, by force if necessary, and give it back to the people.
…BEING NECESSARY TO THE SECURITY OF A FREE STATE THE RIGHT OF THE PEOPLE, TO KEEP AND BEAR ARMS, SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED.”