The True Meaning 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."
The Second Amendment to the United States Constitution

Anti-gun propaganda falsely insists that the Second Amendment only guarantees the "right" of States to have a National Guard. An examination of the language used in the eighteenth century by the Framers of the Constitution clearly shows our Founding Fathers intended to protect a birthright that properly belongs to every individual citizen of the United States.

Well-Regulated This term has nothing to do with regulation by government officials. In the eighteenth century, "well regulated" meant an efficient or properly running mechanism. In a military context, it referred to a standard of training and preparedness which we now call "combat readiness."

Militia In Colonial times, the Militia consisted of local units made up of every male citizen of military age capable of bearing arms to defend his home, family and community. Special units not composed of all citizens, like the modern National Guard, were referred to as a "select corps" or a "select militia." An early draft of the Second Amendment defined the Militia as being "composed of the body of the People, trained to Arms." Today, whether they are aware of it or not, all citizens capable of bearing arms that do not belong to the regular armed forces or the National Guard are members of the Militia.

Right The Second Amendment does not protect the right of States to have a National Guard. The Declaration of Independence says governments are formed to secure the unalienable rights of all men and that governments derive their powers from the consent of the governed. States don't have rights; people do.

Keep Colonial Militia members were required to own military type muskets with bayonets and a supply of ammunition. They kept these weapons in readiness in their homes, not in public armories. The American Revolution started when the Royal Governor of Massachusetts marched his Redcoats out of Boston and tried to confiscate the private arms belonging to Militia members at Lexington and Concord.

Arms Arms are weapons kept for private self defense or to fulfill the civic duty of every able bodied citizen to be a part of the Militia. The Second Amendment was not written to only protect the right to own hunting guns. It was written to protect the right of the entire body of the people to own military type firearms. So-called "assault weapons," which were banned by the Congress and President Clinton, are the very type of guns our Founding Fathers intended to protect from Government restrictions. Write or call your elected representatives and demand your rights be restored. Demand Repeal of the "Assault Weapons" Ban.

"Since a well trained combat ready Militia, composed of all citizens capable of bearing their private arms in concert for their common defense, is necessary to the security of a free State, Congress shall make no law restricting the right of the individual citizen to acquire, possess and carry military small arms." ~ The Second Amendment Translated Into 20th Century Language