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The 2nd Amendment in Context

May 25, 2022

The English are astonished when you explain that American police carry weapons to protect “us.” London “Bobbies” are not armed and criminals are very careful to avoid apprehension when carrying a weapon.

I once saw an English police detective with a fugitive who had been carrying a shotgun. Had I not been walking by, I’m certain the detective would have administered punishment instanter.

Our 2nd Amendment right to keep and bear arms is a bit of a “dodge” between the absolutist privilege to possess firearms and the right of States to maintain “Militias.”

“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.”

My reading of this Amendment recognizes the fear of a “Standing Army” which was popular because the British forced British military on households of American “Colonials.” After Independence was achieved, Americans didn’t want a national “Standing Army” even composed of Americans forced on them.

Thus the phrase “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State” recognizes a role by “free States” to defend themselves from a predatory national government.

Today American States maintain “State Guards” but they have lost their independence and are “called up” for all sorts of reasons to support the Federal government.

In that context, the “last stand” against an intrusive “Deep state” that we Americans have in our power to take is in personal weapons that we purchase for self-protection and, if God forbid someday it is necessary, we will use them against our own government.

Hear that, Joe?

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