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The 2nd Amendment

Before I get into the 2nd Amendment I just want to throw out that I'm as pro-gun as anybody, however I want to follow the Constitution as best I can.


"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."

The above is the 2nd Amendment to the Constitution. I'm going to go over actual writings from our founding fathers and break it down a bit. For the most part everybody breaks it down to what they believe it means or have been told it means by someone no more educated on the subject than them. This goes for both sides ( conservative & liberal ) viewpoints as well.

To be a true constitutionalist I must read it for what it says and research it for what it is meant. 

Typically the left or more liberal anti-gun crowd reads the first part and stops there. "A well regulated militia". They stop here and say the militia is the military and normal people have no right to have firearms. Well, this is way off in just reading the rest of the 2nd Amendment and looking at what our founding fathers have said. 

The whole 2nd Amendment:
"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."

"I ask, Sir, what is the militia? It is the whole people. To disarm the people is the best and most effectual way to enslave them."
George Mason
Co-author of the Second Amendment
during Virginia's Convention to Ratify the Constitution, 1788

"A militia, when properly formed, are in fact the people themselves …"
Richard Henry Lee
writing in Letters from the Federal Farmer to the Republic, Letter XVIII, May, 1788.

"… the people are confirmed by the next article in their right to keep and bear their private arms"
Philadelphia Federal Gazette
June 18, 1789, Pg. 2, Col. 2
Article on the Bill of Rights

"Firearms stand next in importance to the constitution itself. They are the American people's liberty teeth and keystone under independence … from the hour the Pilgrims landed to the present day, events, occurrences and tendencies prove that to ensure peace security and happiness, the rifle and pistol are equally indispensable … the very atmosphere of firearms anywhere restrains evil interference — they deserve a place of honor with all that's good."
George Washington
First President of the United States

"The great object is that every man be armed." and "Everyone who is able may have a gun."
Patrick Henry
American Patriot

This is nowhere near an exhaustive list of quotations from our founders. There are many more that say the same things. This tells us that we the people are the militia, not the military, and we have a right to keep and bear arms so the anti-gun point in ignorance at it's best. 

Now... The pro-gun crowd always seems to get hung up on "Shall Not be Infringed!"

This is all I ever hear from them. They always say we shouldn't need to take a CWP class the 2nd Amendment says shall not be infringed. The 2nd Amendment is my gun permit. I ask them what the whole 2nd Amendment says and they say "SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED"!!!

I then go to point out the it does actually say "Well Regulated". That usually quiets them down for a moment or so anyway. 

Then I usually have them say regulated didn't mean the same thing then as it does now. It meant the firearms themselves had to be in good working order. Well, I'm going to list some statements from our founders and go from there. 

First we'll work on the "well regulated" part.

"A free people ought not only be armed and disciplined, but they should have sufficient arms and ammunition to maintain a status of independence from any who might attempt to abuse them, which would include their own government." 
George Washington

"A militia, when properly formed, are in fact the people themselves …"
Richard Henry Lee
writing in Letters from the Federal Farmer to the Republic, Letter XVIII, May, 1788.

"To preserve liberty, it is essential that the whole body of the people always possess arms and be taught alike, especially when young, how to use them."
Richard Henry Lee
American Statesman, 1788

"The great object is that every man be armed." and "Everyone who is able may have a gun."
Patrick Henry
American Patriot

"The constitutions of most of our States assert that all power is inherent in the people; that … it is their right and duty to be at all times armed; … "
Thomas Jefferson
letter to Justice John Cartwright, June 5, 1824. ME 16:45.

"The best we can help for concerning the people at large is that they be properly armed."
Alexander Hamilton
The Federalist Papers at 184-8

I think you should be getting the idea by now. In each of these and many more I have not listed it gives to the idea of discipline, taught, properly, duty, etc. This leads into the fact that they thought you should be taught and disciplined with your arms. In other words regulated. This leads us to the idea of training with your firearms especially to carry out in public places. 

Now the idea that regulated meant something entirely different than what it means today.


A nation under a well regulated government, should permit none to remain uninstructed. It is monarchical and aristocratical government only that requires ignorance for its support.
Thomas Pain 1792

Sec. 3.  Internal government of the State.
The people of this State have the inherent, sole, and exclusive right of regulating the internal government and police thereof, and of altering or abolishing their Constitution and form of government whenever it may be necessary to their safety and happiness; but every such right shall be exercised in pursuance of law and consistently with the Constitution of the United States.
NC Constitution 1776

Here are two examples of places calling for government regulation in the same time period that the 2nd Amendment was written. So for those that are saying that well regulated means that the firearms are in good working order, this would in turn mean that the governments writing tools are to be in good working order... We know this is not the case for either one. 

This gives us the conclusion that we not only should be armed but it is our duty to be armed and trained. Are CWP programs constitutional? Yes. This would be the regulation, now you can't tell someone they can't carry nor can you make it so hard to obtain a permit that the average individual can't but you can be required to take the basic training class to be able to carry in public. 

As far as the infringement, this would be they can't tell us what kind of firearms we can and cannot own but that we may have to have training classes on them. 

Another deal is everybody wants open carry. Am I against this? No. I'm not for it meaning I would never open carry personally because I like the element of surprise but am not against it. If they implemented a carry permit that covered concealed and open carry, this would be true constitutional carry. 

For the ones wanting what they are calling "constitutional" carry by anybody being able to strap a gun on and carry it without any sort of training and safety class. This is not what the 2nd Amendment says nor is it what the writers meant when they wrote it. Our founding Fathers were very smart in putting together the Constitution the way the government is regulated as well as the people. The people are the masters but even masters have to follow certain rules. This is what makes everyone get along around each other safely. 

Stay Safe, Stay Armed  







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