The Second Amendment gives the individual the right to keep and bear arms in defense of their life, liberty, family, and property. It is not subject to the misinformed majority rule of Democracy, but an inalienable right.
A well regulated militia being necessary for the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.
There are those of you who believe that because we have a standing army and a National Guard, that this right is not an individual right. There are those of you that are so misinformed by the media, that you believe that guns are a threat to your well being, and that if you take away the guns, people will not be killed by them. There are those who do not believe in original intent.
"On every question of construction let us carry ourselves back to the time when the Constitution was adopted, recollect the spirit manifested in the debates, and instead of trying what meaning can be squeezed out of text, or invented against it, conform to the probable one which was passed." Thomas Jefferson
The term regulated means disciplined. Look it up in the Oxford dictionary, it is right there.
Militia means a militia of the people. The Founding Fathers were very precise in their writings. If they had meant a standing army they would have said "a general militia." If they had meant the National Guard they would have said "a select militia" They did not like the idea of a general militia, but realized its necessity. The militia of the second amendment gave the people the ability to arm themselves and train to protect them from both foreign enemies, and if needed, the ability to protect themselves against the general militia. They were completely against a select militia.
...being necessary for the security of a free state..... This specifically spells out that it is necessary for the people to keep and bear arms to protect themselves and their liberties against those who seek to take their liberties from them, including the State.
The right of the people means the right of each individual in society.
To keep and bear arms. This means guns, rifles, "assault" weapons, shotguns, however modified, knives etc. that they can keep and bear. It gives the people the ability to keep arms they feel necessary to protect their lives, liberty, and property from individuals, groups of individuals, and if necessary, the State.
...shall not be infringed. Self explanatory.
The current trend of American law appears to be pass a law for the use of guns in violent crimes, but do not enforce it. They then say the current law does not work so lets pass this new law, but not enforce it either. In this way the State can say "gun laws don't work, how about repealing the second amendment. A look at history when the people are disarmed.
Guns were used to kill approximately 35,000 people last year, but were used for self defense approximately 2,000,000 times. In a majority of those cases, simple brandishing of the gun was enough. In every state where concealed carry permits are allowed, violent crime rates are down. The lone women, or elderly person walking down the street in these states may be carrying a firearm which makes the would-be scumbag, murderer, or rapist think twice.
In 1996 motor vehicle accidents claimed 43,449
lives, should we outlaw cars?
More children under the age of two, drown in household buckets, outlaw these?
More five year olds drown in a pool, require a background check to put them in?
A convincing look at statistics
Don't think you need protection from the State
Please readers, do not fall into the trap that if they take the guns, the problem will go away. It is simply not the case. What you will have is more law abiding citizens without arms, while the criminal element will lose just a few. Do not demand new laws, demand the repeal of laws that limit the ability of law abiding citizens to keep and bear arms for their protection, and demand the enforcement of laws on criminals.
Do not believe the media, they are not giving you
the whole truth.
Do not believe the government, they are not giving you the truth.