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The History of the 2nd Amendment

The History of the 2nd 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.

United States of America Constitution Amendment II

I pulled up a copy of the Bill of Rights Delaware voted to ratify. You can view it here, but it’s difficult to read. Using my super sophisticated ninja computer skills I pulled out the relevant section that pertains to whether or not we get to own machine guns and enhanced it for readability.

It wasn’t the 2nd Amendment, or Amendment II at the time. There were 12 amendments being considered, only 10 of them were ratified, so the numbers changed.

Here’s the text of “Article the Fourth.”

The intent of the amendment is apparent in the very first four words: A well-regulated Militia.

It doesn’t say anything about duck hunting or protecting personal property. It doesn’t say anything in there about giving Americans a right to own guns for the purpose of violently overthrowing the government because they’re angry. The purpose of this amendment to create a defensive militia to protect the country from those who seek to destroy it. The threat was largely from England at the time, but I’m sure they could imagine other enemies attacking a young nation.

It would make no sense for the framers of the constitution include a provision in the constitution that would allow for citizens of the nation to take up arms to overthrow the government. The purpose of the constitution is to make it so that’s not required – ever.

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