What 2nd Amendment does not say
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