What does 'a well-regulated militia' really mean?

By Bill Federer. October 25th, 2016

In Sept. of 1774, Dr. Joseph Warren wrote the Suffolk Resolves. British statesman Edmund Burke cited the Suffolk Resolves as a major development in colonial animosity, which eventually led to the Declaration of Independence.

Ihe Suffolk Resolves stated: "That it is an indispensable duty which we owe to God, our country, ourselves and posterity, by all lawful ways and means in our power to maintain, defend and preserve those civil and religious rights and liberties, for which many of our fathers fought, bled and died, and to hand them down entire to future generations ... and that the inhabitants of those towns and districts ... do use their utmost diligence to acquaint themselves with the art of war as soon as possible, and do, for that purpose, appear under arms at least once every week."

In Oct. 26, 1774, the Provincial Congress of Massachusetts reorganized their defenses with one-third of their regiments being "Minutemen," ready to fight at a minute's notice.

This followed the example of the earliest-known militia in history - ancient Israel, where every man was armed and always ready to defend his community. ......

The author goes into considerable detail, much of it being interesting historic, but also carefully shows the term "The People" as NOT itself also meaning 'the state militia', as for instance, the ACLU wishes to define it. This is clearly shown to be untenable. The anti-gun wordsmiths will continue to argue the definitions of words in the Second Amendment but to all reasonable people the meaning is clear, with emphasis on "shall not be infringed". The other continuing bone of contention is "well regulated'' - but that quite simply means 'well trained'.

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