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The Second Amendment: Original Intent

December 26, 2018

 

The Second Amendment has very clear and basic English.
 

A well regulated Militia, being necessary for the security of the free State; the right of the People to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.
 

A full break down goes like this.
 

A well regulated Militia:

First off what does it mean by a regulated militia? It means to have a militia that has uniformity. As per Article I Section 8 Clauses 15 & 16: The militia can be called upon to suppress insurrections and repel invasions. You would need to have a well regulated militia with standardized equipment and training for the purpose of uniformity. Without being an organized militia of the States, it would be inconceivable to see the militia as an effective fighting force if one State has fully armed militia and another State pitch forks and no command structure.
 

In clause 16, it clarifies this, by saying congress is to provide for organizing, arming and disciplining the Militia of the various States.
 

So lets also define militia. There are really 2 ways to define militia within the United States.
 

 

 

The primary definition is that the militia are all able bodied peoples between certain age ranges (which vary from state to fed in some cases) This means that We The People are the core of the militia. We are ALL militia that can be called upon. We The People are the "unorganized" militia. The regulated militia is to be the Organized militia with standardized rules of uniformity among the States.
 

Now, what does it mean by "being necessary for the security of the free State"? This is putting GREAT emphasis on the importance of each state having it's own fighting force to be able to resist a federal Standing Army if need be.

Our founding fathers spoke adamantly against the dangers of a Standing Army, however, they also still say the necessity of a regular army for the common defense of the Union. As a result, they had hoped to see relatively small army during times of peace, though they gave congress the power to raise and fund an army as the deem necessary. This is why it was of vital importance for the States to have State Militias to secure their freedom and to be able to resist federal tyranny if need be. And these militia can be banded together to help repel invasion if need be.

That is the core as to why the militia is necessary for the security of the free State.
 

Now on to the People. Who are the People? The People are the same as the Militia. The People, are WE The People. All of us. Have a RIGHT to keep and bear arms. This was yet ANOTHER check and balance against tyranny. That WE The People ought to have the means and ability to resist tyranny from the State, & tyranny from the Federal Government. Also, what were to happen if the Regular Army and militia were to fall? Who would fight the resistance if we had no weapons of our own?

 

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Our founding fathers during the debate of the Second Amendment actually all agreed. The Federalists and Anti-Federalists all agreed that the right of the PEOPLE to keep and bear arms is self-evident. The Federalist only thought that it was redundant to put that into the Constitution. They thought it was a "well DUH" moment, as they just fought a revolutionary war with MILITIA organized by the PEOPLE who had weapons capable of resisting British Tyranny.

Lastly, what are "Arms" exactly? Arms as defined in the Dictionary is "Armaments". The first definition is not limbs of the body, but weaponry. All forms of weaponry. Our founders were very vague in this wording for a reason. They wanted the PEOPLE to have the ability to be adequately and equipped to fight against a standing army if need be. In the definition of armaments, it includes all forms of weaponry. This means We The People ought to be able to arm ourselves HOWEVER we deem necessary. Be it tanks, RPG, Fully Auto, or otherwise.
 

Thankfully the Anti-Federalists basically forced the clause "The right of the People to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed" into the Second Amendment. The Federalists readily agreed to the clause because they agreed with it, they just simply thought it was unnecessary and obvious that the government should never be able to be allowed to confiscate our weapons.
 

Now let's put this in to Contrast for a second here.
 

Do you think any nation on the planet could actually invade and Conquer the United States when we have more guns in the nation than people? Even if our military didn't exist, I say good luck even to China. Though I am thankful that our military does exist, because it obviously makes it easier to resist invasion and has a much faster & organized response time.
 

Again, do you think the Government will ever be able to impose total tyranny in America as long as we have this many guns? Again, the answer is no. WE The People, are the FIRST and LAST line of defense against all threats. Be it foreign, domestic, or tyrannical.
 

The moment we sacrifice the natural right to defend ourselves, is the moment we become slaves. It is time to start pushing back and regaining the right to fully arm ourselves on equal terms to our own Regular Army.

As Benjamin Franklin once said, "Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety."

 

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