The Second Amendment

Last week a 20-year old took hundreds of rounds of ammunition in high density clips and a semi-automatic machine gun into an elementary school in Connecticut.  He shot 26 people, mostly 6 year old kids.

It’s senseless.  It’s insane.  It’s an act of mental illness, evil or both.

The thing that really drives me nuts is the advocates for guns who use the Second amendment as justification for their point of view. Here is the text from the 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.

The first 4 words create the reason to “bear arms”.  Do we have militias anymore?  What is a militia anyway?

From Merriam-Webster:

  • a part of the organized armed forces of a country liable to call only in emergency
  • a body of citizens organized for military service

I think the key in the amendment and the definition is the “well regulated” phrase.   I see the word organized in the definitions.

If the word “well regulated” is literally right there int he first 3 words of the amendment  how can the NRA (National Rifle Association) be so against regulations?  Nowhere in the amendment is the right for mentally-ill 20-year old loners to have semi-automatic weaponry. This is the opposite of regulation.  The second amendment is for regulated militias.  Not hunters, not psychopaths, not for regular citizens to protect their homes, not for criminals.  They are for militias.

School shootings keep happening.  They are beyond tragic.  I just hope the courts and congress can get their heads out of their asses long enough to change things and regulate these weapons.

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