US needs to regulate gun ownership

US needs to regulate gun ownership

“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.” – Amendment II to the Constitution The Second Amendment is one of the shortest in length, but for some reason, the first 13 words are often omitted. “Militia” is a word that seems to apply to fringe groups of oddly dressed ruffians such as those who broke into the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, and the phrase “well regulated” doesn’t seem to describe those people. After the Boston Tea Party, Britain required permits to export firearms and powder to the Colonies – and then issued no permits. It was one of the main causes of the Revolutionary War. The defiance of the colonists, who were accustomed to assemble as militias to defend their communities, was reflected in this amendment, ratified 15 years after the Declaration of Independence. But as for militias themselves, words change. Every state has a militia, and each is generally accepted to be well-regulated. We now call them the National Guard, rather than the state militias. And, thanks to the Second Amendment, every U.S. citizen is eligible to apply for membership, subject to the requirements thereof. I don’t contend that being in the Guard is the only way one can keep and bear arms, but it does seem to restrict any other way. The right of the people to keep and bear arms outside of the Guard should also […]

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