“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.
In Missouri, they’re talking about essentially turning the entire state into a Second Amendment sanctuary state. That’s a good thing. Yet one writer seems to disagree, and in so doing makes the most idiotic claim that simply has to be addressed.
push legislation to bar enforcement in Missouri of any federal firearms laws that they view as infringing on Second Amendment rights. In addition to reopening an argument about federalism that was settled a century and a half ago, this tone-deaf measure is an affront to all the St. Louis gun victims who’ve died because those same legislators refuse to allow even the most commonsense regulation of firearms. Luckily, the urgency of the coronavirus pandemic sidetracked their efforts — for now.The Second Amendment’s defense of the right to bear arms is specifically predicated on the necessity of “a well-regulated Militia” for “the security of a free state.” Taken at face value, then, Missouri’s so-called Second Amendment Preservation Act would seem to be unnecessary — since, last we heard, the federal government wasn’t trying to disband the Missouri National Guard.//bearingarms.com/wp-content/themes/Bearing-Arms-2016/images/ba_placeholder.png fords.org/gun-laws/the-second-amendment/the-supreme-court-the-second-amendment" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">specified that government has a right to regulate guns for public safety. That caveat, too, is conveniently ignored by the gun crowd, which seems to operate on a principle of cherry-picking what it likes from founding documents and court opinions.