The Second Amendment is in the Bill of Rights. The Bill of Rights is about PERSONAL FREEDOM. So with all the hoopla surrounding the INTERPRETATION of that Amendment AND in accordance with the very Name of this Blog “Founders Apprentice”, I feel the need to put in my two cents worth:
A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people t keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.
What a militia is, has been worn out. What infringed means, has been gummed to death. Just what a right is, has even been discussed. But have you ever heard any discussion on just what a free state might be other than a governmental entity?
Well here is a thought: what if the Founders were not talking about a governmental state but A CONDITION OF BEING? –The State Of BEING FREE! To me that makes more sense than any other attack on it or effort to decode what the Founders were talking about.
To be honest, I have not read the minutes of discussion surrounding this amendment, so I could be WAY out there on a limb. But if it IS referring to a state of being, then the rest of the wording surrounding the state makes PERFECT sense in the context of preserving PERSONAL FREEDOM, from immediate self defense to the banding together of communities to protect themselves from roving bands to assembling themselves into a standing army to protect the state and the nation!
What do YOU think?