Crane: Second Amendment About More than Bearing Arms

Crane: Second Amendment About More than Bearing Arms

Gun Rights

BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images The biggest reason I believe we need to protect our Second Amendment is because of what I was able to observe in my time in the military. As a former Navy SEAL, I have seen with my own eyes the countless weapons systems and modern military machines held within the U.S. military. This statement might have you confused, but stay with me for a bit, and I will be happy to explain. I did a little surveying a while back and was disappointed to find that most Americans, even the patriotic ones, could not actually explain the spirit of our Second Amendment rights. I went around asking friends, family members, and plenty of random strangers if they could tell me what the Second Amendment was about. The few that could recall anything of substance usually blurted out, “It is about our right to bear arms.” Noting the right to bear arms is a start, but when you read the Second Amendment in its entirety, one has to skip over some very important text before getting to the right to bear arms. Specifically speaking, those who rush right to the phrase about bearing arms pass over the mention of the militia. The Second Amendment says: “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.” Critics and gun control advocates focus on our right to bear arms then argue that nobody […]

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