About A Well Regulated Militia
I am an individual free thinking citizen of The United States of America.
I respect and expect that, no matter your country of citizenship, you too are a free thinking individual. the simple fact that you and I are equal members of the human race, neither one of us have no more or no less equal rights than another.
As stated in the United States Declaration of Independence:
““We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal”
This statement is the entire justification for the creation of The United States of America, but this statement is not limited to just describing a reason to form a nation. This statement is a declaration referring to the relation we all share with our fellow human beings.
A self-evident (meaning FACT) that ALL men (meaning ALL Human beings regardless of Race, Color, Sex, Nationality, Religion or Non-Religion, Personal Opinion, Age, Class, Status, Party or Non-Party affiliation, etc..) are created EQUAL.
This is what not only UNITES every single citizen of The USA, but UNITES us as Individual Free Thinking Individuals.
“Just as we are all equal, we all have equal rights to our own opinions. To discredit any other persons opinion is to discredit our own.” – Sam
What Each and Every single citizen must remember is that The United States of America was never referred to as a Nation of Opinions.
The United States of America is a Nation of Laws, and as such the equal rights of each and every law abiding American citizen must never be diminished.
No matter how convincing any statement or presentation may be, if it is not based on 100% Whole and Truthful Facts, it will never be more than that of being a personal opinion.
Facts are universally honest and truthful by the very nature of what a fact is and anything other than absolute truth is irrelevant when forming a factually based opinion.
“If you rely on irrelevance to form your factual opinions, you are making your opinions factually irrelevant” – Sam
What is the second Amendment to The United States Constitution?
“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”.
Due to so much misinformation and misinterpretations by no only individual citizen but by OUR trusted representatives and public servants, it is imperative to take an honest truthful and factual look at what these words really mean.
The second Amendment was adopted, along with the rest of the bill of Rights on December, 15, 1791. The background to the Bil of Rights can be directly traced to The Federalist Papers, also known as The New Constitution written by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay and Published in 1788.
“It has been frequently remarked, that it seems to have been reserved to the people of this country, by their conduct and example, to decide the important question, whether societies of men are really capable or not, of establishing good government from reflection and choice, or whether they are forever destined to depend, for their political constitutions, on accident and force” – Federalist Paper 1
James Madison is often recognized as the most influential of the Federalist Papers authors to have greatly inspired the content of The United States Constitution we have today, mainly for the authoring of the first ten Amendments. His initial proposal for the Second Amendment, presented to the House on June 8, 1789 is as follows:
The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed; a well armed and well regulated militia being the best security of a free country but no person religiously scrupulous of bearing arms shall be compelled to render military service in person
This proposal was reworded by the house committee members and presented to the floor on Aug 17, 1789 as follows:
A well regulated militia, composed of the body of the people, being the best security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed; but no person religiously scrupulous shall be compelled to bear arms.
Debates and modifications were considered and on Sept 4, 1789 the following was approved:
A well regulated militia, being the best security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed
But this was still not the final result we have today. Seventeen days later the proposed Amendment was presented to the floor, and are the words we are familiar with today:
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.
On Dec 15, 1789 the first ten Amendments (The Bill of Rights) were legislatively adopted. The Second Amendment, being one of those rights, was officially a legal right guaranteed to each and every legal citizen of The United States of America.
The Preamble of The Bill of rights (or Amendments 1 – 10)
- Congress of the United States begun and held at the City of New-York, on Wednesday the fourth of March, one thousand seven hundred and eighty nine
- THE Conventions of a number of the States, having at the time of their adopting the Constitution, expressed a desire, in order to prevent misconstruction or abuse of its powers, that further declaratory and restrictive clauses should be added: And as extending the ground of public confidence in the Government, will best ensure the beneficent ends of its institution.
- RESOLVED by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America, in Congress assembled, two thirds of both Houses concurring, that the following Articles be proposed to the Legislatures of the several States, as amendments to the Constitution of the United States, all, or any of which Articles, when ratified by three fourths of the said Legislatures, to be valid to all intents and purposes, as part of the said Constitution;.
ARTICLES in addition to, and Amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America, proposed by Congress, and ratified by the Legislatures of the several States, pursuant to the fifth Article of the original Constitution
It has been widely disputed as the the meaning of the wording of the rights the Second Amendment factually represents. What we ALL must remember is that Rights are LAWS. Opinions to rights are not and could never be considered laws. Only Honest Factual statements can ever be considered as a justification for any Law or a Right.
So what do the words of the Second Amendment REALLY mean?
In order to even slightly understand what the meaning of these words really represent, we must go to the source of those words, and what the authors true intent was for choosing the words he chose to use.
As presented above, there were changes from the first introduction to the final result. But as will hopefully be able to see as we go through these words, the true and honest intent will present itself factually and without any doubt.
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 first argument always seems to be that of what “A well regulated militia” actually means.
As any student of language knows, words evolve over time as to their usage and cultural meaning. This is no exception when attempting to clarify the meaning of words written 224 years ago. But, we have a major advantage in this case because of the extensive amount of writings by not only James Madison, but those of his contemporaries at that time. Through these writings we get a glimpse of the usage and meaning of that usage, especially when referring to Regulated and Militia.
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Why is the second Amendment so important to defend?
To answer this question YOU MUST honestly ask yourself:
Why is the entire United States Constitution important?
The simple fact is that The United States of America is a nation formed of, by and for WE THE PEOPLE. That means Each and Every single citizen. You personally have an equal share in your own nation, where no one person has rule over any other equal citizen.
One thing that too often gets ignored is these FACTS:
- Since our government is equally shared by it’s citizens, Each and Every law abiding citizen has a voice regarding the governing of OUR nation.
- As equal share holders we have a personal responsibility to every aspect of maintaining the freedoms our nation guarantees to it’s citizens.
- No one individual or MAJORITY of individuals has any more power or importance than any one law abiding individual citizen.
These three points are just some of the reasons, but very important ones as to why the United States Constitution, in it’s entirety, is and always will be the most important backbone to the very Nation we call The United States of America.
In order to absolutely guarantee that no person or majority of persons has more power than any individual citizen, a list of Guaranteed Rights, the foundation for any law, was established and is known as The United States Constitution.
The sad fact is that there are some citizens who believe that the US Constitution is not relevant any more. This is the most destructive and irresponsible and most importantly irrelevant thinking possible by any citizen. And another sad fact is that this way of thinking is growing.
One change to any right which guarantees equality is one step closer to changing another right.
As an Individual Free thinking United States Citizen, I refuse to let a majority of ill-informed, irrelevant opinions make choices and propose changes to MY United States of America.
YOU are The Voice of America
Use it, or Lose it