Second Amendment Thoughts Revisited

What’s missing in the current discussion is any mention of he phrase, “well regulated militia.” This phrase in the Second Amendment to the Constitutiion has been interpreted to assure the right to own weapons, but it also guarantees the right to set rules for their use and have those rules followed. If you take the Amendment literally, it could be argued that the only people entitled to own weapons are members of the National Guard, the modern version of the militia.

This, That, and the Other

I originally posted Second Amendment Thoughts last year around this time, but I thought, in light of the most recent incidents of mass shootings in the United States over the past two weeks, I thought it might be worth revisiting it. I’ve made some changes and updates to the original.

I have perspectives regarding the Second Amendment. In fact, I have strong opinions about whether or not it actually applies to the ownership and use of concealed weapons and assault-style rifles. So let’s talk about what the Second Amendment actually 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.

What does it really mean? The opening phrase refers to “a well regulated militia.” What is a militia? According to, a militia is “a body of citizen soldiers as distinguished from…

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