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  • What does the 2nd Amendment Really Say?

    Written on November 1, 2013

    There’s no doubt that at some point in your life, you’ve crossed paths with the 2nd Amendment. You probably first read about the “Right to bear arms” in grade school, and most recently in the news that’s peppered with school shootings and other senseless acts of violence. With all of the attention on the 2nd Amendment lately, a lot people still don’t quite get the exact definition. One reason being that the actual text in the 2nd Amendment is rather vague. Another reason is that there isn’t much out there explaining EXACTLY what the 2nd Amendment says. However, there are many interpretations on the Internet, with those explanations being a product of an individual point of view on gun laws. What may those points of view be? Let’s first take a look at the actual text of the 2nd Amendment.

    “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.”

    When breaking it down, the term “Militia” means different things to people, depending on their feelings about guns.  The people opposing guns can quickly find a definition on Webster’s and tell you “Militia” means, “a part of the organized armed forces of a county liable to call only in emergency.” They’ll argue that the 2nd Amendment never said any about citizens being allowed to carry weapons, since this is their definition of “Militia.” The others, who support citizens’ right to bear arms will go also go to Webster’s and argue right back that ‘Militia” means, “a group of people who are not part of the armed forces of a country but are trained like soldiers.” The argument from this side mostly comes with a quote from Thomas Jefferson, saying, “When governments fear the people, there is liberty. When the people fear the government, there is tyranny… the right to keep and bear arms is… to protect themselves against tyranny in the government.”

    Jefferson also went on to say that, “For a people who are free, and who mean to remain so, a well-organized militia is their best security.”

    If you were to conduct a little research on the Internet about the 2nd Amendment, you would stumble across more quotes from our founding fathers, supporting the latter point of view. Although vague, the definition of the 2nd Amendment makes a lot more sense if you break it down a little and take a closer look. The 2nd Amendment is not about giving one side (Government or Citizens) all of the power. It’s about equality. It’s a bit like a system of checks and balances. The government protects the nation and the people. But if necessary, the people need a way to protect themselves from the government, if for some reason tyranny arises. The only reason that this Amendment is interpreted in different ways is because certain people have abused their rights. These are people who don’t deserve rights at all. And if you’re from Kennesaw, GA , the 2nd Amendment is not only a right, it’s the Law.

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