What 2nd Amend­ment does not say

The Fresno Bee (Sunday) - - Opinion -

The Sec­ond Amend­ment is 27 words in one sen­tence sep­a­rated by two com­mas: “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.”

It’s im­por­tant to note that “well reg­u­lated” and “mili­tia” are right up front, also that there is a dif­fer­ence be­tween “the peo­ple” and the in­di­vid­ual. If any in­di­vid­ual has the right to any arm, then where is my per­sonal nu­clear weapon. Ridicu­lous? Yes, be­cause the peo­ple of the United States have this right, the in­di­vid­ual does not.

If the au­thors of the Sec­ond Amend­ment meant to say what its fa­nat­ics be­lieve they did say, the au­thors could have been a lot clearer. Is that sac­ri­le­gious? If in­deed they meant this, they could have writ­ten this: “A un­reg­u­lated per­son un­af­fil­i­ated with any States’ sanc­tioned se­cu­rity, be­ing nec­es­sary to force­fully re­strict a con­sti­tu­tion­ally elected gov­ern­ment, the right of all in­di­vid­u­als to keep and bear any and all arms shall not be in­fringed.” Why didn’t they? Maybe that’s not what they meant to say, and what they did write is what they did mean.

– Don Smith, Fresno

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