“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."
Since 9/11, security has been a big deal to all transportation, communication, and governmental outlets.
They’ve even invented a whole new department for it in government: the Department of Homeland Security. So, I guess they’re really scouring the Constitution to see if it gives any nuggets of advice on how to best secure our nation’s wellbeing, huh? A clue: NO!
Why isn't the one governmental department specifically dedicated to security, using the Constitutionally prescribed method of security?
It’s all there, black and white, clear as crystal: the second in a row of ten amendments is little more than one of the most easy-to-read laws that ever flowed from a legislator’s pen. The whole law is one sentence, written in plain English. One cannot find a Federal law written in the 21st century that is easier to read than the Second Amendment.
Shall we “interpret” the possible meanings behind Part 2 of the Second Amendment?
Part 1 is the beginning of the sentence, the subject being “Militia”; Part 2 is clearly pointing out the necessity of a Militia, by stating that a Militia is necessary to the security of a free state; Part 3 is the important part, the reason for the law, and it says that the right of the people to keep (own) and bear (carry) Arms (weapons), shall not be infringed (hindered).
I think we’ll dissect Part 2 word by word this time, and who is better at dissecting words than Noah Webster?
Being: conjunction; since, because.
Necessary: adjective; of an inevitable nature, inescapable, logically unavoidable, that cannot be denied without contradiction, determined or produced by the previous condition of things, compulsory, absolutely needed, required.
To: preposition; used as a function word to indicate purpose, intention, tendency, result, or end.
(I’ll skip “the”. It’s just one of those words.)
Security: noun; the quality or state of being secure, freedom from danger, safety.
(I’ll skip “of” and “a” also.)
Free: adjective; having the legal and political rights of a citizen, enjoying civil and political liberty
State: noun; a politically organized body of people usually occupying a definite territory; especially: one that is sovereign, the political organization of such a body of people, the operations or concerns of the government of a country.
Now let’s put Part 2 of the Second Amendment “in other words”.
“A well regulated Militia, since it is inevitable and logically unavoidable, is required for the purpose of being secure and free from danger, for the continuation the operations of a Government in a country of free men, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.”
Now that my abridged version of the Second amendment has been released, I would like to add that if the true purpose of Government is to secure the rights of the people, and not to eliminate them “for your protection”, then why is the DHS not regulating a Militia? Say, where is that Militia, anyway...?
Check back for Part 3.