An Important Word in the BOR....


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skeeziks
January 16, 2013, 10:46 PM
Along with the words "Shall Not Be Infringed," another very important word is "Necessary." As in a Militia being Necessary to the security of a free state.
Our founding fathers were in essence telling us that it's our duty as Americans to be well armed.
My feeling is that all these people that refuse to have a gun in the house are not doing their part for keeping this country free.
When shooting tragedies like this happen, so many people shy even further away from firearms. With us it's exactly the opposite and we want to arm ourselves even more.

What this shows us is that when you put all your trust in your government, and leave them to decide what's best for you, you will most certainly end up brainwashed to the point of thinking in a totally illogical manner.

But then...those people were probably totally illogical to begin with.

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SouthernBoy
January 17, 2013, 06:41 AM
Add to your important word list the phrase, "well regulated Militia". The words "well regulated" are frequently misused by people who believe that this meant a well drilled and well disciplined formal militarily fashioned group of men. This was not what these words meant at all at the time they were written.

"Well regulated" meant "to keep and make regular". Thus arms were to be keep and to be made regular for use. This translates into a body of citizens who were able to muster on a moment's notice with arms for common purpose.


(source, Judge Andrew Napolitano)

AlexanderA
January 17, 2013, 07:36 AM
The words "well regulated" and "necessary" modify the word "militia," not the word "arms." "Arms" were understood to mean the standard weaponry of a military force. Justice Scalia got it all wrong. His so-called "prefatory clause" of the 2nd Amendment should not be ignored. Instead of disregarding it altogether, as he did in Heller, he should have built on the reasoning of Miller v. U.S., that the 2nd Amendment protects those weapons that are ordinarily used for military purposes. The only thing that needed to be added was the recognition that the term "militia" means the whole body of the people.

If Scalia had done that, we wouldn't be having today's discussion about outlawing "military style" weapons. If anything is protected by the 2nd Amendment, they are. Instead, we have the anomalous situation in which revolvers and hunting shotguns are protected, while AR-15's are not.

M-Cameron
January 17, 2013, 07:37 AM
Our founding fathers were in essence telling us that it's our duty as Americans to be well armed.

This is blatantly obvious to anyone who has bothered to study American history for more than a week in the 6th grade....

Of all the reforms needed in our schools, I feel american history should be mandatory all 4 years of high school.... And given the way people butcher the wording of the constitution, perhaps reading comp. for 4 years wouldn't be too bad an idea as well.

skeeziks
January 17, 2013, 11:59 AM
"This is blatantly obvious to anyone who has bothered to study American history for more than a week in the 6th grade...."

And yet they still don't get it.... It's pathetic

SouthernBoy
January 22, 2013, 08:44 AM
The words "well regulated" and "necessary" modify the word "militia," not the word "arms." "Arms" were understood to mean the standard weaponry of a military force. Justice Scalia got it all wrong. His so-called "prefatory clause" of the 2nd Amendment should not be ignored. Instead of disregarding it altogether, as he did in Heller, he should have built on the reasoning of Miller v. U.S., that the 2nd Amendment protects those weapons that are ordinarily used for military purposes. The only thing that needed to be added was the recognition that the term "militia" means the whole body of the people.

If Scalia had done that, we wouldn't be having today's discussion about outlawing "military style" weapons. If anything is protected by the 2nd Amendment, they are. Instead, we have the anomalous situation in which revolvers and hunting shotguns are protected, while AR-15's are not.

Excellent post. Well done.

Westfair
January 22, 2013, 09:14 AM
"This is blatantly obvious to anyone who has bothered to study American history for more than a week in the 6th grade...."

And yet they still don't get it.... It's pathetic
And a bit terrifying.

Robert
January 22, 2013, 09:18 AM
We are not here to insult or cast stones at non gun owners. We are here to educate.

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