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U.S. Constitution – Amendment 2

Amendment 2 – Right to Bear Arms
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.

The note below is taken from a historical fact and seems pertinent now:

The biggest frustration for Continental Army soldiers was the ineffectiveness of Congress and the lack of support they received from the political body that espoused the same cause. Mutiny at times raised its head. This would play a role in the future of the nation after it was created, with those arguing for a strong central government, basing their arguments on the limited ability and lack of performance by Congress during the war.

Looking at this amendment which is so often tossed around, quoted and cited many people have no idea what it really means. Many do not (or cannot) even cite the entire amendment. The first thing to know is the “Constitution” is considered a “living” document which mean it can interpreted according to the population and country’s needs as it grows and evolves. This was written when every citizen was involved or could be involved in the protection and safety of the fledgling country. At that time there were only 13 colonies and an estimated population of 2.5 million people. Of those people an estimated 30 thousand aged 15-45 years old including patriots and farmers were in the Continental Army.(2010 census shows 310 million people with  approximately 4.1 active in all service and just under 1 million in reserves of all services). Given this information, I would say that we have a well regulated militia and the first part of the 2nd Amendment is met and has little to do with  “the right of the people to keep and bear Arms”. This being said there seems to be a need to modify this part of the amendment to reflect modern times. This is not say citizens cannot own guns but it has been demonstrated that there needs to be a better way to control who has access or can own and obtain firearms. The many ways to do that have been thwarted by the NRA by playing the patriot card and screaming louder than everyone else while plying Congress with massive amounts of money. This method of managing the Congress has left us with weak laws which could (or should) be in place to make us safe from ourselves. The political process has been subverted by big donors purely for the donor’s purposes and to the detriment of the US population overall. The key words is not “gun Control” as the gun is controlled by the owner of the gun which leaves the control to be on the owner if that owner is someone through circumstance or legality should not be a firearms owner. Any Firearms laws should be common sense and National so that each instance is treated the same, there will always be an issue of “States Rights” and if each Congress member took time to really consider the issue without worrying about funding from outside sources we could conceivably get some legislature that makes sense and works for all. An overlooked item is the Federal law governing Marijuana, several states now allow the use and sale of medicinal and/ or recreational marijuana while  it’s  illegal on The Federal level. The Congress has the power to change this has not and apparently is turning a blind eye. Our 535 again has decided to keep the status quo as long as it benefits them. Our opportunity to affect change is the vote but only when properly informed.

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