The recent shootings have stirred up a lot of heated debates on the topic of gun control. I personally wanted to avoid the topic, but the public felt much differently. I don’t like to be at the center of any form of controversy but I feel obligated to state the facts and include some feedback on the topic. The most common question received was why I haven’t stood up for our Second Amendment rights and what was my viewpoint?
Due to changes in language over time, our interpretation of the Second Amendment must be based on definitions dating to the time of its inception. I must first admit, I’ve read the amendment many times, but admittedly did not understand it well enough to speak on the topic. The amendment states: “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.” Here are the key words using definitions of the period. “Regulated” pertains to being trained in the art of, which was refering to fire arm usage. A “militia” is a military comprised of citizens, not pertaining to a state or government military. The “people” was referring to a collective group made up of individuals. Individuals not involved in other forms of military! “Keep” was to possess, own and have immediate access to, “bear” meaning to carry and to have at the ready. “Keep and Bear” were also pertaining to gun possession, concealed or exposed. The Second Amendment was written and adopted to prevent a possible disarmament of Americans in the future. In short, we must remember the American Revolution, in part, was a direct response to the British attempt at disarming our young nation.