Archive for May 28th, 2010

Constitution Pt. 26

May 28, 2010

Amendment II.

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.

There it is in all it’s simplicity. This, my friends, is probably the most important Amendment because if you don’t have this you won’t have the others. I’ve gone over this before in a post called Gun Rights but we will revisit some of that now.

What is a “well regulated militia”? Well regulated, in the words of the framers simply means functioning well. The militia referred to is you and your neighbors. End of story. You and your neighbors should be well versed in the use of the firearms that you should own. There is a valid argument as to whether the framers intended for everyone to own a firearm. I believe they did but at this time I will concede you the choice but don’t even think of infringing on my right.

Here’s an interesting thought. What is meant by a free State? I notice that State is capitalized, that has referred to the political territory of a State of the United States all through the document. If it had not been capitalized I think it might have referred to a free state of being. That’s pretty sketchy isn’t it?

Personally I think my right to keep and bear arms is infringed upon by any law regulating it in any way. Registration? We don’t need no stinking registration. And I believe we should have access to any weapon made without regulation. I have done nothing that should restrict me from having a shoulder fire cannon. Once I have been convicted of some infraction that might indicate that I would be a threat to the general population then I can see regulation and loss of rights but why should a drunk driver or a tax cheat lose this right?

Finally, I believe that this Amendment was put in place so the people could protect themselves from an out of control gubmint. Do you know of any such gubmints? (Funny note, spell check wanted to change gubmints to varmints.) I suppose I’ll be arrested and sent to Club Gitmo for that last question. Oh well, until next time, screw environmentalists.