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What most 21st Century Americans simply do not grasp is that the Constitution and Bill of Rights were not written to to give rights to the citizens of our then-new nation, but was instead written to tightly constrain the federal government.

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Re: The Gun Control Farce
« Reply #1 on: June 21, 2016, 11:23:17 AM »
Sowell: Always the voice of reason.

Why don't we run him for President?
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Re: The Gun Control Farce
« Reply #2 on: June 22, 2016, 12:49:58 PM »
It seems that the source of confusion regarding the 2nd Amendment is the term “Militia.”  Personally, I would have liked to see the term “Militia” removed from the 2nd Amendment and “Militia” treated separately and elsewhere, but also supporting the right of keeping and bearing arms.

Perhaps, if the framers of the Constitution have simply said, “Being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.”  The framers, of course, needed to say why this was necessary – and this has caused much consternation among us since.

A militia, generally, is an army or other fighting unit that is composed of non-professional fighters, citizens of a nation or subjects of a state or government who can be called upon to enter a combat situation, as opposed to a professional force of regular, full-time military personnel.

The Militia Act of 1903 divided what had been the militia into what it termed the "organized" militia, created from portions of the former state guards to become state National Guard units, and the "unorganized" militia consisting of all males from ages 17 to 45, with the exception of certain officials and others, which is codified in 10 U.S.C. § 311

There is no minimum size to militia, and a solitary act of defense, including self-defense, can be thought of as one person calling up himself to defend the community, represented by him or others, and to enforce the law.

Now, it is also important that the term “state” be addressed.  The framers did not reference a nation, country, province, territory, or even a colony – and states did not yet exist at the time of the Declaration of Independence.  So what was being referenced? I believe that it was a mode or condition of being - a state of mind, if you will.  In order for one to be of free state, live in a free condition, it must be defended - and it is the right of the individual to defend a free state (a free condition?) with arms of the time.
What most 21st Century Americans simply do not grasp is that the Constitution and Bill of Rights were not written to to give rights to the citizens of our then-new nation, but was instead written to tightly constrain the federal government.