Friday, December 19, 2008

True Meaning of the Second 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 have always found this to be a simple amendment, and was never certain why so many people have come out against this amendment with some of the most skewed interpretations I have ever heard. At any rate I will now explain it as simply as possible, as it is very simple when you read it correctly.

Okay, so the people who hate this Amendment, say that it gives the militia the right to have weapons. These people usually go on to cite that it is referring to the National Guard. Please, please tell me where it says that the militia has the right to keep and bear arms? What I see is a supporting statement for the second half of the sentence. The Framer's are simply stating that because we need a well regulated militia to secure the free state, (and here is the important part) the RIGHT of the PEOPLE shall not be infringed. It is absurd to think that the Founder's were referring to a governmental military force here, after all they had just finished fighting a governmental military force. Had they written this Amendment to intend that the military could have weapons, than it would have made it illegal for them to fight any future wars like the one they just fought. Anyone with logic, and I think that even some of the liberals have logic, can understand that the Founder's would not create a law that would have banned the very thing they themselves just did. There is another way that we know that this Amendment does not refer to the National Guard; the National Guard was created in 1916.

Penn and Teller says this much better than I do, so watch this short clip and walk away knowing that we can stop arguing about this. The liberals are wrong (no shock there). But for those who will inevitably put up a fight, I ask you this question: Does the section of the First Amendment referring to Congress making no law abridging the freedom of speech or the press only refer to free standing news and newspaper organizations?

And now Penn and Teller:

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