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.”

The Second Amendment to the Constitution. Let’s examine it and see what it really means.

“Well-regulated.” What is meant by well-regulated? It means well equipped with the latest equipment available. When it was written, everyone was using muzzle-loading flintlock rifles and pistols because that was the technology back then. Improvements and updates are also part of a well-regulated militia. Imagine fighting WWII with those flintlocks.

What is a Militia? At that time, a militia consisted of every able-bodied man between the ages of 16 and 60. Todays national Guard is not a Militia by any stretch of the imagination. It is simply our reserve forces. In a nutshell, a militia is what you have when you run out of regular army and national guard troops.

“Being necessary to the security of a free State.” This means a militia was and is necessary because we did and still may need to call on them at any hour of the day or night.

“The right of the people to keep and bear Arms”. The right to defend yourself and in turn your country come from God. The Constitution only guarantees them. Thus, keeping firearms and having them on your person are part of those rights.

“Shall not be infringed.” This simply means your rights shall not be interfered with by the federal government. Some common sense laws are allowed like full auto firearms are not allowed and select fire are heavily controlled for law enforcement only.

James Lowder

Dunsmuir