"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."Hopefully, everyone can recognize that this language is a little convoluted and confusing. "A well regulated Militia" is in the first part, then the "the right . . . to keep and bear Arms" in the second part. And the "shall not be infringed" is in the final clause. The commas don't seem to help.
Recently pondering this language it came to me that whatever right this, it clearly belongs to the PEOPLE as in "We the PEOPLE." It appears to be a unified right belonging to all tending to indicate it is connected to the Militia concept. And remembered that's clearly a "well regulated Militia."
And there's one more contextual hint. The immediately following Third Amendment which nobody seems to worry about much these days is to prohibit the quartering of soldiers in homes. This was a problem in Colonial America and not so much since. And following directly after Amendment 2, it seems to be an additional push for a "citizen militia" rather than a standing army imposed on us (which, of course, we have. But at least they don't force us to billet them).
Well, take my views for what they're worth. I'm just trying to promote common sense and reason against the bizarro philosophies of American gun fanatics.
And then I've come across a new campaign: Moms Demand Action For Gun Sense in America. Looks like a good group. I hope they don't mind the free publicity in sharing some pretty powerful adds:
If there were no 2nd Amendment, and someone proposed that we amend the Constitution to add it, would it get enough support of the required 2/3 of the House and Senate and 3/4 of the States needed to become part of the Constitution?ReplyDelete
Good question! I would think very likely not.Delete
But equally it's highly doubtful we could ever amend the existing 2nd Amendment even though a strong majority might support that what with the lobbying power of the NRA and how a small minority can obstruct the business of Congress and the nation these days.
I don't think we need to amend it. We just need more common sense measures in place.