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Darren Byrd
for Brown County Council District 2

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."

The main, and ill-informed, argument against our Second Amendment right is the phrase "A well regulated Militia." Before arguing that point, we must first differentiate some terms.

"The State" refers to the nation or Union, as a whole.
"The States" refers to the several states that make up the Union.
"The People" is referring to the individual inhabitants of the states of the Union.
The "Militia" is a compilation of the whole of able-bodied individuals residing in the states.
"Well regulated", at the time, had an entirely different meaning than is interpreted today. It meant regular, well practiced, prepared, capable, and comfortable in their abilities.
"Security" refers to that of the State against invasion, AND the security of the individual/family against the tyranny of an overly-enthusiastic governing body. This is not just a theory of dictatorship; history is LOADED with examples of unarmed people who were over-run by their own overly-enthusiastic governments.
"Infringe" - Violate (disregard, ignore), transgress (to step beyond or across a line), encroach (to enter gradually or stealthily upon another's property or rights), trespass (unlawful entry upon someone else's property)

The definitions ARE important.

The statement that a well regulated Militia is necessary to a free State, is just that... a statement. A band of competent, capable, and free citizens being the root of a liberated and prosperous society should be without question. That statement is separated from the rest of the text by a comma, expressing the reason for the statement, which is also separated by a comma from another declaration. The phrase, "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State," is a conditional statement that leads to a separate but equal statement that "the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed."

It was written as a "Whereas: Therefore" statement. "[Whereas] A well regulated Militia [is] necessary to the security of a free State, [therefore] the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed."

A militia is made up of the able bodied population, as a whole; therefore it is not possible to deprive the People of their natural right to possess those stated Arms. You can not have one without the other. The alternative and separate factor is a standing Army; that would be the Military. They are two different entities. The Second Amendment does NOT limit arms strictly to the military and police. It plainly and without ambiguity states that THE PEOPLE (that would refer to individuals) have the RIGHT, as natural, to keep and bear arms for (but not limited to) protection and provision.

To put it into today's vernacular; Since a well-practiced and capable body of concerned and responsible armed citizens is essential to the security of a nation of free people of the states; the Government can not violate in any way, interfere with, disregard, or gradually enter upon the ability of those individuals to have the armed means of defending themselves and their state and their nation against foreign invasion or domestic insurrection and tyranny or any violation of our freedom.

There are laws against the irresponsible use of force of one man against another. If we would swiftly and justly enforce those laws, we would seriously reduce the incidence of criminality. We don't need to (modern day) regulate the tools that are inherently good, but may be used for nefarious reasons; otherwise, we WILL need hammer control, club control, knife control, and fist control, because when there are no guns, there WILL be a secondary and equally lethal form of murder.

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