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Response to Cerridwen (Reply #32)

Tue Dec 10, 2013, 01:44 PM

41. correct

The 2nd was crafted in response to the fledgling US's lack of a decent army. It was designed to standardize the many local militia groups that existed back then - make sure they were armed and trained. Hence "well regulated". The US at that time was trying to pull together these local militia to successfully fight the highly trained Brits and their mercenaries. The National US army was small and localized, and was unable to respond to all of the British forces that were invading the colonies. So the Founding fathers came up with the idea of standardizing the local militias, into a citizen army, that had their own weapons and ammunition, and shared some degree of combat training. And would stand down during piece time. Note that back then, villages needed a defense force against marauders, Indians, and criminals, that could be relied on. The militias were financed by the rich and often led by a rich person, or a person with some military experience, but there was no standard way of repelling invaders. Hence again "Well regulated militia". IOW historical context, the 2nd forms the basis of the National Guard - localized regiments made of citizens that come together as a unit with standardized training in time of need.

But back to the subject - the gun lobby tries its best to ignore the context and the first half of the 2nd amendment. Read as a whole and read with a full knowledge of the reason for its inclusion in the Constitution, one would then come to the conclusion that a gun owner must, by law, have basic military and firearms training, to "bear arms". At minimum, it can be interpreted that all gun owners need training and periodic refreshers, to be "well regulated". I do-I've seen way too many gun owners do stupid things with a loaded weapon- things that make it obvious the gun owner has no business at all owning a deadly weapon.

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