No, The Second Amendment Has
Nothing To Do With National Guard

By Tom Knighton. April 13, 2020

"A well-regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the people's right to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed." — The Second Amendment to the United States Constitution

The above sentence would seem, at least to most people, is pretty straightforward. However, the opening clause to the amendment has caused no end of grief for Second Amendment advocates. After all, it says "militia" and today, that means the national guard, at least in some people's minds. Of course, that's not what our Founding Fathers had in mind when they wrote the amendment. They were distrustful of standing armies and wanted to make sure the citizens of this new nation could rise up and overthrow the government should it become tyrannical.

After more than two centuries, we've kind of lucked out, all things considered. We probably should have had a lot more civil wars, but the fact that we haven't can probably be ascribed to the fact that citizens have guns.

However, there is gun control out there. Way too much, based on the plain text of the Second Amendment. .....

"At no other point in the Constitution-either in the original document or any of the amendments added later-does the phrase "the people" refer to anyone but the individual citizens of this great nation."


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