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and thus stems the confusion, there of the 2nd. It is the right of the people what is so hard to understand about that??? we the People are the Militia, but add the two together and look out ATF er BATFE and others will be coming for ya. For "We the People" are the true threat to TPTB, and we might have missed the chance for a remake of 1776, or a 1860, depending on the view of things.
RIGHT TO KEEP AND BEAR ARMS
The right to bear arms is a tradition with deep roots in American society. Thomas Jefferson proposed that "no free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms," and Samuel Adams called for an amendment banning any law "to prevent the people of the United States who are peaceable citizens from keeping their own arms." The Constitution of the State of Arizona, for example, recognizes the "right of an individual citizen to bear arms in defense of himself or the State."
Although this right is apparently protected by the Second Amendment to the Constitution, in practice it is subject to great deal of controversy. The two opposing interpretations of the Second Amendment involve whether the Amendment guarantees the right of individuals to keep and bear arms or whether it guarantees the states freedom from federal government infringement on this right. Individual rights proponents claim that the framers intended to preserve the individual right, above the right of the state. Proponents of States' rights claim that the Second Amendment was adopted with the primary purpose of preserving the state militia.
Originally posted by Ramadhiman
The 2nd Amendment, does NOT actually confer the "Right to Keep and Bear Arms"
But it does Officially Recognise and Reinforce the Fact that every American Has the Inalienable Right to Keep and Bear Arms, for his/her own Protection of life, Property, and the defense of the land when so called upon to do so.
And that Right, in no way can be, Removed, Contravened, Breached, Reduced, withdrawn, Diminished, Circumvented, or Abolished by anyone, Neither President or Act of Congress, or any appointed agent thereof.
Originally posted by Cancerwarrior
I guess I interpret it differently than others. This is how I interpret it:
The people were the militia in those days. There was no real army in the revolutionary war days and minutemen (citizen soldiers) were used. These were ordinary Americans that were called up to fight the revolution. In many cases muskets and firearms were supplied by the citizen himself. Thus since you need a militia "being necessary to the security of a free state" Hence the right to keep and bear arms for the private citizen
Or am I the only one thinking this?
Originally posted by ANNED
The only problem i have with this is the "under 45 years of age"
When this was written many men did not live long after age 45.
I am 62 and still can shoot better then when i was 20 and in the navy and i was on a navy shooting team.