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AWRMA Well Regulated Militia (Unorganized Militia online resource)
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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.
Stevens thinks we should add the words "when serving in the militia" to the Second Amendment so that it would read: "A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms when serving in the militia shall not be infringed."
A well regulated Militia, composed of the great body of the Citizens, is always the chief dependence of a free people for their defence.
I'd suggest that, despite the recent Supreme Court ruling, that it is absurd to construe the 27 words of the second amendment, "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," to mean we have an absolutely unfettered, unregulated right to bear whatever arms we wish.
Having established "the natural fight of resistance and self-preservation," and "the right of having and using arms for self-preservation and defence" as the core of the Second Amendment, the Court in Heller then addressed the Prefatory Clause, "a well regulated Militia," to ensure that its interpretation of "the right of the people to keep and bear Arms" did not create a conflict within the Amendment.
Second Amendment's first words: A well regulated militia ...
The Second Amendment provides: "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the fight of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed." Self-evidently, what ever that "right" may entail, it must conduce to maintenance of "a well regulated Militia."
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.
That year, the court reinstated the prosecution of two men for carrying sawed-off shotguns across state lines, saying there was no evidence that such weapons had a ''reasonable relationship to the preservation or efficiency of a well regulated militia.''
Nor does the Second Amendment say that the people's right to arms is sufficient to establish a well regulated militia, or that a well regulated militia is sufficient for the security of a free state.
Indeed, the earlier draft of the amendment linked the two clauses with linchpin language speaking of "a well regulated militia, composed of the body of the people." (6) The stylistically clumsy linchpin was later pulled out, but the final version makes the same point in fewer words.