The Meaning of the Second Amendment as Understood by a PEOPLE.

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 Meaning of the Second Amendment as Understood by a PEOPLE.

What is The Simple Meaning of the Second Amendment as Understood by one of the PEOPLE?

"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 Goal is the Security of a Free State

Security

Security is the safety of persons, property and possessions.

Free

Being free means the government leaves you alone unless you are violating the law. 

State

"State" can refer to a government, not necessarily a "state" that is a member of the federation of states in the USA.  The "state" refers to the government (state and federal).  Our country is a single federation of our several states.  Therefore, "state" refers to BOTH the country and the individual states of the United States of America.

In order to have a secure and free state, 3 things are required.

1) A Well Regulated Militia

Well-regulated simply means they are organized and trained.  A militia is a force (or group of people) that is raised from the civilian population.

A militia is NOT a regular, standing army, which would be controlled and paid by the government.  A militia is a "grass roots" group of citizens, separate from the government's controlled and paid military forces.

The militias could be called upon by their state's governors and the nation's president during emergencies to assist the government's standing army.

The militias could also be the agencies of ending tyrannies that arise from within the several states or the federal government.

2) The Right of the People to Keep and Bear Arms

This is an individual right to protect one's person, property and possessions.

The People have a right to keep (own their own weapons) and bear (show) their arms.

At the time of the writing of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, the People would have had the same basic arms that the regular, standing army would have.

3) Shall NOT be Infringed.

The government SHALL NOT infringe upon this right. 

To infringe is to violate or transgress.

To repeat, at the time of the writing of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, the People would have had the same basic arms that the regular, standing army would have.

I don't think the People are trying to get their hands on army tanks or jet fighters or bombers.  Don't think the people are trying to say you must let them have mortars or bombs.

I do KNOW that the People want the government to stop INFRINGING on their rights to have arms.  It only makes sense that the People have the same types of basic arms that criminals get can get their hands on.

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