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Pretty clear that the Militia and the individuals are separate.
To provide for calling forth the Militia to execute the Laws of the Union, suppress Insurrections and repel Invasions;
To provide for organizing, arming, and disciplining, the Militia, and for governing such Part of them as may be employed in the Service of the United States, reserving to the States respectively, the Appointment of the Officers, and the Authority of training the Militia according to the discipline prescribed by Congress;
It sort of sounds like the 2nd was written as a way of making sure that the government didn't have to buy arms for the militia.
You want gun control legislation that will effect all gun owners for the acts of a few.
So wait ... you are now in favor of people who threatened to overthrow the last administration? Or the previous one?
originally posted by: dawnstar
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.
you mean this little section of the bill or rights here???
regulated- controlled or supervised by means of rules and regulations.
note it doesn't say unregulated!! kind of tells me that yes, the federal and state gov't can pass regulations as to what kind of arms a militia can have, or any individual, as well as deny those that they deem to be too irresponsible, crazy, or in some other way unfit. and, it seems that laws have been on the books for quite some time proving that it's been accepted that the gov't has the constitutional power to do these things..
for instance, you can't have a missile legally and many criminals can't legally own a gun!
so, ya, they can make a law banning the sale of kits that turn semi-automatic weapons into automatic weapons, they can ban silencers and armored piercing bullets, or any other type of weapon that they decide presents more danger to the general public that benefit to anyone..
Nervous trigger finger.
That pesky comma. The two seem to be part of the same thought.
Yes, and if that regulated militia has its own arms, the government doesn't have to buy them. That's how I see it, but that's just me.
So, in closing, a "well regulated militia" means an orderly group of citizens, well trained in the handling of firearms.
Is that really that hard to understand?