In A New York Minute
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.
Understanding the Second Amendment is very simple. America was never supposed to have a standing army, all suited up, and ready to go to war. The army was to be called up at specific times, go to war, and then disband within a reasonable time. Now, with things being what they are, we have to keep the army up and moving to keep the wolves away from the door. Invasion comes in many forms. From a full scale attack on America or her interests, all the way from illegal immigration to internet hacks on our voting process.
The original intent was that it was understood that every able bodied man was a part of the militia. When trouble came, be it Indians or British, these men would grab their guns, meet, and form a well regulated militia. They would secure the free state, and when it was over, return home, and put their gun back on the wall until next time. The government was not to infringe upon the ownership of that gun.
The right of the People to defend themselves from attack, be it Indians or home invasion is a natural right. The right of a community to preserve its safety is security. The right of a nation to fend off invasion is necessary. And it all stands on the right to keep and bear arms. From Sergeant Rock patrolling the hills of Afghanistan to Suzie Sweetcheeks walking to her car after work in a dark parking lot, this right shall not be infringed!
And the formation of a militia can be by the book, or by the necessity. All the way from a squad meeting on weekends to hone their skills to a group of neighbors falling together during a natural disaster to keep the neighborhood free from looters. That’s why they were called “Minute Men!” Because they could respond in a New York minute. It is all what can be defined as “militia!” When a town turns up to search for a little girl who didn’t make it home from school, what do you call that?
So, don’t get militia mixed up with army, and don’t get God given right mixed up with driver’s license! An army goes THERE and kicks THEIR butt, and a militia comes about when they come HERE to kick OUR butt! School’s out. Go home and clean your guns.
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