The Second Amendment states:“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.”
Merriam-Webster defines Militia as:
- a group of people who are not part of the armed forces of a country but are trained like soldiers
- a part of the organized armed forces of a country liable to call only in emergency
- a body of citizens organized for military service
In my humble opinion, our forefathers and the founders of the US, wrote the second amendment so American citizens could rally together, using their personal weapons, in order to defend our country and maintain our freedom.
I am not a historian or governmental scholar. I am simply a US citizen who is tired of the personal agendas, especially of people in power, forcing their beliefs, views and opinions on others. I believe the second amendment is actually quite clear and has been exploited especially in the past several decades.
In no way does the second amendment suggest the “right to bear arms” means a person can have arms for hunting or sport. Nor does it suggest personal arms are intended as a means for personal, familial or property defense.
The second amendment was written in a time when the US military was minimal, at best. Therefore, if we were under attack, we could call on our citizens, using their own “arms”, to help fight together, as a Militia, to defend our freedom. Period.
Any other argument to “bear arms” is moot.
Given US citizens have not rallied together, as a Militia, in more than 100 years and the advanced state of our military, I would venture to say there is no longer a need for any citizen to “bear arms”. To that end, it may even be time to remove the second amendment from the Bill of Rights.
I seriously doubt that will happen so perhaps a new amendment should be written that accurately reflects the state of our country. I’d be happy to help and participate in that committee.