Don’t forget first half of Second Amendment — Howard Fenton

Don't forget first half of Second Amendment -- Howard Fenton

All of the arguments I hear about the Second Amendment focus on "the right of the people to keep and bear arms." That this right shall not be infringed. But there’s no discussion about the first half of the amendment: "A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state." So what is this "free state"? Is this phrase a specific reference to any one of the existing 50 states? Or is this a general term of the condition of a person as with respect to circumstances (such as a state of health)? And what constitutes a well-regulated militia? We certainly don’t have such a thing now. All we have are a lot of people with a lot of guns. Which people have which guns, and how many of them? Answers to these and other questions are necessary if we are to fulfill the directive of the first part of the Second Amendment. Howard Fenton, Madison

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Don’t forget first half of Second Amendment — Howard Fenton

Don't forget first half of Second Amendment -- Howard Fenton

All of the arguments I hear about the Second Amendment focus on "the right of the people to keep and bear arms." That this right shall not be infringed. But there’s no discussion about the first half of the amendment: "A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state." So what is this "free state"? Is this phrase a specific reference to any one of the existing 50 states? Or is this a general term of the condition of a person as with respect to circumstances (such as a state of health)? And what constitutes a well-regulated militia? We certainly don’t have such a thing now. All we have are a lot of people with a lot of guns. Which people have which guns, and how many of them? Answers to these and other questions are necessary if we are to fulfill the directive of the first part of the Second Amendment. Howard Fenton, Madison

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