Your Second Amendment Rights Are Not What You Think They Are


The Constitution does not give anyone the right to happiness… it was designed to give the right to pursue happiness.  People like to conveniently forget that the rights they hold so dear were not integral to the Constitution… they were added later on as amendments.

The Bill of Rights (after it was added to the Constitution) reads, “Article the fourth… 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.”

Realize that neither a “Militia” nor “regulated” mean quite the same thing now as they did then.  “Regulation,” to the Founding Fathers, was closer in this context to the idea behind homogeneity, or like-ness, meaning in this case well drilled or well trained in the use of firearms.  “Militia” referred to civilian soldiers… in our case, the National Guard.  To them, everyone was the National Guard.  Period.  The phrase, “…the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed” is generally understood to be pretty self-explanatory.  The first half of this Amendment was never intended to nullify the second half… it is one sentence, not two or three.

Whether you hate guns or not is irrelevant… this is one of the most fundamental laws in the United States.  Whether you trust the Government or not, it is the institutional custodian of your most precious legal records.  Remind your Senators and Congressmen about these facts.  Remind them of the oath they swore to uphold the Constitution of the United States.

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