posted on Feb, 1 2013 @ 03:28 AM
Originally posted by MrSpad
Just lucky that Constitution does not say anything about a well regulated militia as a key point of the 2nd amendment or people would think that guns
could be regulated.
Did you know the word "Manufacture", when taken from its Latin root, means "To make by hand?" Interesting that it almost only is applied to
mechanized production these days, huh?
Did you know that the word "aerial" used to mean something was imaginary or wispy as the air? Seems like the invention of the airplane may have
spurned that word on to a different meaning, doesn't it?
Did you know that "investment" originally referred to the act of putting on your clothes? Somewhere along the lines, vestments became a rare term
for clothes and bankers must have needed a new word for "Give me your damn money."
Did you know that the word "gay" was used simply to describe a happy, cheerful mood as recently as 50 years ago?
I wonder if maybe, just perhaps, the word "regulated" may have had a meaning in the late 1700s which is different from the meaning today? LOL I bet
if it does have a different meaning, the Framers of the Constitution would think we were all pretty silly, thinking of their word and trying to apply
a modern meaning to it, don't you agree?
Oh hey there, this is relevant.
The phrase "well-regulated" was in common use long before 1789, and remained so for a century thereafter. It referred to the property of
something being in proper working order. Something that was well-regulated was calibrated correctly, functioning as expected.
That sure changes things! Seems like they intended exactly the opposite of what "regulated" means today. They weren't advocating any
oversight of our militia at all, they were using the lingua franca
of their day to mandate that the people not only have the right to keep and
bear arms, but should be fully outfitted and well equipped. Context, especially historical context, is everything.