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KEEP & BEAR ARMS
YOUR 2nd AMENDMENT
"A well regulated militia being necessary to thhe security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed."
Your 2nd Amendment Right
By Len Semas
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THE SECOND AMENDMENT EXPLAINED
"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."
Contrary to some ignorant and uninformed comments of our government representatives and other public figures, the 2nd Amendment is not about either hunting or home defense. Members of Congress added to their loony attitude about this fundamental right by recently staging a sit-in. All that was missing was smoking a little dope and some Joan Baez vinyl records. The following illustrate the nature of the problem:
"Well, you know, my shotgun will do better for you than your AR-15, because you want to keep someone away from your house, just fire the shotgun through the door."
- Vice-President Joe Biden
"We have federal regulations and state laws that prohibit hunting ducks with more than three rounds. And yet it's legal to hunt humans with 15-round, 30-round, even 150-round magazines."
- Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D)
The Second Amendment, as defined by the NRA, is stupid
- Geraldo Rivera
For those who have not read the Constitution or have not bothered to study it, let’s go over this one more time for their benefit, phrase by phrase.
well regulated militia
The term “regulated” has created all sorts of legislative mischief. Statistics are cited as the basis for more gun laws, thought there are thousands on the books already. The fact is, criminals commit crimes. No reasonable person believes that criminals will somehow conform to the law regarding guns when they violate all others. No, gun laws are only observed by the law abiding citizens who are inconvenienced, restricted, even denied their natural rights in so doing.
The essential fact is that the term “well regulated,” at the time of its writing, had nothing to do with the government controlling or limiting the enumerated right. The term meant “well-functioning and well trained.” The militia was not the “National Guard,” but rather all able-bodied male citizens who could rise to the call as needed – much like the famed “Minute Men” of Massachusetts.
So a well-regulated militia is the citizens themselves, well-schooled in the use of arms, and able to come together as a well-functioning quasi-military organization.
security of a free state
Of what necessity or purpose is such a militia? It is not for personal protection, sport or hunting, as noted. It is to safeguard freedom – to ensure the security and preservation of a free nation, which freedom is established in the natural freedom of its citizens.
Threats to freedom may be external, as attacks or invasions from other nations, persons or groups, or internal, from governmental tyranny. This phrase is intended to protect against either threat to liberty. THAT is the purpose of a “well-regulated militia.”
right of the people
Right in this sense is not some benefit accorded the people by their government; this right is a natural right, just as are the rights to “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” This is a right to which citizens are endowed by their creator. It is not a benefit or privilege.
keep and bear arms
To keep arms is of no use without the right to use them. This provision preserves both the right to keep (own) and to bear (use or utilize) arms for the purpose previously set forth, including ammunitions and accessories. “Arms,” are named, as the term implies, to those weapons that can be carried in one’s arms, literally. This includes rifles, shotguns, so-called assault weapons, semi or fully automatic weapons, and even grenades/grenade launchers and anti-tank weapons.
Remember, this is not about hunting; it is about the preservation of liberty threatened by external assault or internal tyranny. Obviously, tanks, fighter planes and aircraft carriers cannot be carried in one’s arms and are excluded.
shall not be infringed
Infringement is a broad term that is intended to deny limitations on all of the foregoing in ways that would violate the intended purpose of the Amendment. Reasonable infringements might include restriction on criminals and mental incompetents. Arms registries, limits on the number of arms or amount of ammunition, requirements for trigger guards or fingerprint locks or other devices which interfere with the operation of arms are NOT reasonable infringements.
It is, or should be, clear, that there are far too many unreasonable infringements on the 2nd Amendment, most of which have been passed in violation of it, and without a proper understanding of its meaning. Instead of childish sit-ins as recently conducted by the Democrats, Congress would serve its citizens better by preserving their fundamental rights and pursuing the perpetrators of crime and the conditions that lead to it. Gangs, illegal entrants, and radical Islamists are the enemy – not the weapons they use to carry out their crimes. If it were the latter, we may as well outlaw butter knives and rocks too.
Note: The following is offered as an accommodation to the idiots that continue to misunderstand or misconstrue the Constitution. It is offered, of course, in jest.
The new 2nd Amendment
"Government approved citizens, subject to regulations allowing hunting and personal protection, the right to keep and bear properly registered shotguns and rifles (not handguns), not of a military style, and with capacity not to exceed 5 shells or cartridges, shall not be limited except by laws deemed reasonable and necessary by federal, state or local governments. The foregoing notwithstanding, no person or non-government organization shall be permitted to have in possession more than 25 rounds of ammunition. Citizens and gun manufacturers and suppliers shall be civilly and criminally liable for any misuse of guns in their possession. Nothing herein shall deny members of government armed protection at all times.”
Keep and bear arms
Meaning of infringed: