Friday, July 18, 2008

Ideations on the Second Amendment: PART 3

“…the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”

Many have construed this to say that “people” refers to the “Militia” as opposed to private individuals, but this is a moot point, because the Militia is comprised of individuals;
it is a Citizen's Army.

This is made very clear in the Federalist Papers, where the Militia is defined to be made up of otherwise private individuals; specifically all men aged 18 to 45, to be trained in the use of arms perhaps twice per year. This was so that areas of work that required manpower would not suffer terribly due to military training of working class men.

"The project of disciplining all the militia of the United States is as futile as it would be injurious, if it were capable of being carried into execution. A tolerable expertness in military movements is a business that requires time and practice. It is not a day, or even a week, that will suffice for the attainment of it. To oblige the great body of the yeomanry, and of the other classes of the citizens, to be under arms for the purpose of going through military exercises and evolutions, as often as might be necessary to acquire the degree of perfection which would entitle them to the character of a well-regulated militia, would be a real grievance to the people, and a serious public inconvenience and loss. It would form an annual deduction from the productive labor of the country, to an amount which, calculating upon the present numbers of the people, would not fall far short of the whole expense of the civil establishments of all the States. To attempt a thing which would abridge the mass of labor and industry to so considerable an extent, would be unwise: and the experiment, if made, could not succeed, because it would not long be endured. Little more can reasonably be aimed at, with respect to the people at large, than to have them properly armed and equipped; and in order to see that this be not neglected, it will be necessary to assemble them once or twice in the course of a year.
"But though the scheme of disciplining the whole nation must be abandoned as mischievous or impracticable; yet it is a matter of the utmost importance that a well-digested plan should, as soon as possible, be adopted for the proper establishment of the militia. The attention of the government ought particularly to be directed to the formation of a select corps of moderate extent, upon such principles as will really fit them for service in case of need. By thus circumscribing the plan, it will be possible to have an excellent body of well-trained militia, ready to take the field whenever the defense of the State shall require it. This will not only lessen the call for military establishments, but if circumstances should at any time oblige the government to form an army of any magnitude that army can never be formidable to the liberties of the people while there is a large body of citizens, little, if at all, inferior to them in discipline and the use of arms, who stand ready to defend their own rights and those of their fellow-citizens. This appears to me the only substitute that can be devised for a standing army, and the best possible security against it, if it should exist."
~Alexander Hamilton, Federalist Paper Number 29

“Arms in the hands of individual citizens [may] be used at individual discretion ... in private self-defense…” ~John Adams

"...Arms discourage and keep the invader and plunderer in awe, and preserve order in the world as property... Horrid mischief would ensue were the law-abiding deprived of the use of them." ~Thomas Paine

“To preserve liberty it is essential that the whole body of the people always posses arms…” ~Richard Henry Lee

“The supreme power in America cannot enforce unjust laws by the sword, because the whole body of the people are armed, and constitute a force far superior to any band of regular troops…” ~Noah Webster

If the right of the people to keep and bear arms is to not be infringed, then why is the right of the people to keep and bear arms being infringed?

One may not own a gun that fires more than once every time one pulls the trigger; one may not own a gun that isn’t registered with the government; one may not own a gun if he has ADHD, or other “mental illness”.

One may not buy a firearm without a background check, identification cards, and a registration form; as though we need permission to own guns.

If you are found with guns in your car without a concealed carry permit, that’s against the law; or is it?

Article Six, section 10 of the U.S. Constitution states: “This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in Pursuance thereof; …shall be the supreme Law of the Land; and the Judges in every State shall be bound thereby, any Thing in the Constitution or Laws of any State to the Contrary notwithstanding.”

This unquestionably means that any law not made in accordance with the Constitution of the United States of America is null and void. Make of it what you will, but the facts are there.

I’m sure somebody in government already has a scripted line about “what it really means”, but remember the words of Samuel Adams: “How strangely will the Tools of a Tyrant pervert the plain Meaning of Words!”.

A speaker of plain English needs not to translate plain English, but use a dictionary if you have to.

So, what happened to the Militia? Why isn’t there any drilling going on? Why hasn’t the common man been disciplined in the matters of warfare and defense?

I don’t know! Good question, huh? How will we find the answer?

I’ll post what I find out about the fact that an entire train of thought regarding security by our founding fathers has been completely ignored, but as far as the three part series of Ideations on the Second Amendment is concerned: I rest my case.

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