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(a) The militia of the United States consists of all able-bodied males at least 17 years of age and, except as provided in section 313 of title 32, under 45 years of age who are, or who have made a declaration of intention to become, citizens of the United States and of female citizens of the United States who are members of the National Guard.
(b) The classes of the militia are—
(1) the organized militia, which consists of the National Guard and the Naval Militia; and
(2) the unorganized militia, which consists of the members of the militia who are not members of the National Guard or the Naval Militia.
Go to pg.24, and the last paragraph of www.scotusblog.com...
"23 DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA v. HELLER
Opinion of the Court
Finally, the adjective "well-regulated” implies nothing more than the imposition of proper discipline and training.
See Johnson 1619 ("Regulate”: "To adjust by rule or method”); Rawle 121–122; cf. Va. Declaration of Rights §13 (1776), in 7 Thorpe 3812, 3814 (referring to "a well regulated militia, composed of the body of the people, trained to arms”)."
Origin of the Second Amendment 275, 276 (D. Young ed.,
2d ed. 2001) (hereinafter Young); White, To the Citizens of
Virginia, Feb. 22, 1788, in id., at 280, 281; A Citizen of
America, (Oct. 10, 1787) in id., at 38, 40; Remarks on the
Amendments to the federal Constitution, Nov. 7, 1788, in
id., at 556. It was understood across the political spectrum
that the right helped to secure the ideal of a citizen
militia, which might be necessary to oppose an oppressive
military force if the constitutional order broke down.
Originally posted by angrysniper
If you still insist that the 2nd amendment does not refer to an individual right,. you are simply wrong. The supreme court has ruled on this.
Although I would argue that our "Principals" as a Nation have changed significantly in the last 230 years. Times do change, so do attitudes and methods. I would prefer to stick with the rock solid principals of The Constitution. However, so much of it has already been thrown to the wind that it may be time to draw that document into the open again.