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What does well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state mean?

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2011-10-04 18:17:38
2011-10-04 18:17:38

It means that AT THAT TIME, the framers of the constitution believed we must not depend on a professional military to defend our country. All citizens should be ready, willing, and trained to assist. It is dubious as to whether that still applies however.

Yes it does still apply.

That is the power of principles, they are valid yesterday, today and tomorrow. The "AT THAT TIME" phrase is an obvious political point by a person who believes the Constitution is no longer valid.

I'm not sure I agree with "the power of principals" being timeless. A quick discussion on slavery or woman's suffrage would undoubtedly stifle that logic. However, this is a much-needed debate in the US regarding the validity of every citizens right to own a firearm (especially those whose use is combat-centric) without any training or organization. Your question points out one of the most mis-quoted portions of our constitution, the second amendment. It is not so direct and clear as many would like you to believe, stating emphatically that any US citizen can own any firearm without restraint. In fact, the exact verbiage is quite the contrary, leaving the decision in the hands of the state or local municipality. Moreover, the framing of the sentence clearly implies some amount of oversight was always intended.

I say this as the owner of several weapons, and as a well-trained combat veteran. I am confident that I have earned my right to own a firearm, and can use it competently. I am less confident in the competence, or intentions, of many others who own them. My opinion aside, this is a subject for intelligent debate based on facts. But you'll see little of that in the U.S. nowadays.

If you would like more information on the reasons for creation of militias, as well as how this eventually led to the creation of the National Guard, I'll place a reference URL below. This compilation contains primarily direct excerpts from legislation. Though it's less fun to read, it's inherently accurate.

http://goliath.ecnext.com/coms2/gi_0199-4415908/State-militias-and-the-United.html

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Note: As a partial author of the first paragraph, I did not intend to imply that the Constitution was no longer valid. The point that was intended was that perhaps the original principle (that a militia was needed for defense of the country) was no longer valid, much as the original idea that black people were only 3/5th of a person is no longer valid. However, the law is the law, and if it's obsolete, it should be changed.

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