People in power won’t tell you the truth about a document which is designed to limit their power (the Constitution).
Amendment II protects the right of the people to keep and bear arms. Guess who’s right to keep and bear arms The 2nd does NOT protect? (Hint: Who all does “We The People” NOT refer to?)
The Founding Fathers were extremely hypersensitive about Government power, a point made clear by the war they fought to get rid of the overbearing and heavy-handed British Government.
As such, when they wrote the Constitution they had no higher priority than to prevent government from having any power which would be, “formidable to the liberties of the people.”
The Founders were so incredibly hypersensitive to government power that they didn’t want for there to be a Military at all, with James Madison for example stating that armed government force such as the military was, “one of the greatest mischiefs which can possibly happen.” (This is just one of the many ways we know that when The Founders said, “militia” they absolutely were not referring to any force which has anything whatsoever to do with government).
The Founders referred to armed government forces as, “Standing Army”. They did not mean “army” as we use it today to describe The United States Army.
“Standing Army” as The Founders meant it refers to any government established or controlled force which is armed. And again they considered any such force to be, “one of the greatest mischiefs which can possibly happen.”
Any government force which is armed is “one of the greatest mischiefs which can possibly happen”? Yes.
US Military? Yes.
National Guard? Yes.
Federal Agencies? Yes.
The first point of Second Amendment is to prevent government force from EVER being “formidable to the liberties of the people.”
ME & YOU AND AMENDMENT TWO
“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.”
Amendment II protects the right of the people to keep and bear arms.
THE PEOPLE. Nobody else. The 2nd Amendment does NOT protect any right of any force of government to keep and bear arms.
For example, in the following from Alexander Hamilton we clearly see that he is referring to the people as opposed to government. In fact, he is specifically referring to the people rushing to arms when government becomes a threat (the following also addresses one of the biggest questions about if the Founders meant the 2nd to apply only to home defense or not):
“If the representatives of the people betray their constituents, then in the exertion of that original right of self-defense, which is paramount to all positive forms of government, the citizens must rush tumultuously to arms in their courage and despair.” -Alexander Hamilton
As we can clearly see, Hamilton refers to the people rushing tumultuously to arms against government as, “that original right of self-defense”.
Amendment II clearly states, “shall not be infringed.” “Infringe” = ”To Limit”, and there is absolutely nothing written in between the word, “infringed” and the period which immediately follows the word, “infringed”.
Does the 2nd protect the right of the people to keep and bear “Military Weapons”? Does the 2nd protect “Militarized People” such as militia? We can find the answers to that, AND the answers to WHAT IF the government ever forms “the greatest mischief” (government forces which are armed), ALL in the same statement as follows:
“If at any time the government forms an army, that army must never be formidable to the liberties of the people. The people must never be inferior to any army formed by government in discipline and the use of arms. Furthermore the best possible security against any army formed by the government is for the free people to hold and practice arms for the purpose of going through military exercises as often as is necessary to acquire the degrees of perfection which would entitle them to the character of a well-regulated militia. The people at large should be properly armed and equipped; and in order to see that this be not neglected, it will be necessary to assemble them regularly.” -Alexander Hamilton
IF government wants to engage in the mischief of forming forces which are armed, then it MUST never be formidable to the liberties of the people, and as such the people MUST have equal weapons as any government force which is armed.
Military weapons? Yep. Which ones? All of them.
p.s. Did you catch Alexander Hamilton describing with perfect clarity what the Founders meant by “a well regulated militia”?
“the best possible security against any army [force which is armed] formed by the government is for the free people to hold and practice arms for the purpose of going through military exercises as often as is necessary to acquire the degrees of perfection which would entitle them to the character of a well-regulated militia.”
Indeed the Founders did not fight and win a war against government regulation so that they could turn around and assign the regulation of the means of war to government.