"Harvard Study: Gun Control Is Counterproductive"

Started Dec 16, 2012 | Discussions thread
CFynn
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Re: A well regulated militia...
In reply to boggis the cat, Dec 19, 2012

boggis the cat wrote:

Text of the Second Amendment to the US Constitution (from Wikipedia):

As passed by the Congress:

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.

As ratified by the States and authenticated by Thomas Jefferson, Secretary of State:

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.

Why is it that the "well regulated militia" part seems to escape the notice of the people who are only able to remember the second part that is dependent upon the first?

It is clearly not a universal "right to bear arms"; it is the right of local authorities to have and maintain armed militia -- e.g. police and National Guard units.

Unfortunately the US Supreme Court, which is dominated by Republican appointees, now puts a much wider interpretation on the  Second Amendment.

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