A Population Capable Of Using And Operating Firearms Is Necessary

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A Population Capable Of Using And Operating Firearms Is Necessary

USA – -(AmmoLand.com)- All too often the anti-gun left in America says that the 2nd amendment does not say what it means. They say “regulated” means to be controlled by the Government that the National Guard is the militia. Nothing could be further from the truth.

“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.”

So – How did George Washing describe the militia?

“…. Men just dragged from the tender Scenes of domestic life; unaccustomed to the din of Arms; totally unacquainted with every kind of military skill, which being followed by a want of confidence in themselves, when opposed to Troops regularly trained, disciplined, and appointed, superior in knowledge and superior in Arms, makes them timid, and ready to fly from their own shadows … ~ (Weatherup, Roy G.: Standing Armies and the Armed Citizens: An Historical Analysis of the Second Amendment. Hastings Constitutional Law Quarterly (Fall 1975), 973)”

Hmmm… It doesn’t sound like the National Guard now does it? Ok, so it DOES seem like the French Army though. The definition of the militia from the 18th century is all able-bodied citizens between the ages of 17 and 45.

Regulated – does not mean controlled, it is about military operations being drilled and prepared.

Or we could again read a quote from George Washington:

“The distinction between a well-regulated army and a mob is the good order and discipline of the first, and the licentious and disorderly behavior of the latter.”

Hummmm… sure seem to meet the definition of drilled and prepared.

So if we translate the ORIGINAL writing of the 2nd Amendment with modern words that match the intent of the founders we get this.

“Having a population capable of using and operating firearms is necessary for the security of the free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.”

So the 2nd amendment means what it says if you don’t play word games with it.

To illustrate it further let's replace the word arms with books. Please consider the following:

“A well EDUCATED populace being necessary for the security of the free state, the right of the people to keep and read books shall not be infringed.”

Ohhhh… Some books are too dangerous for you to own, we must ban them. (I’m sure Facebook would agree!) We should ban ALL books so that you only learn what the elite want you to know. While the left may now agree there is a lot of correlation here, one you should pay attention too when you see how your rights are being affected.

In 1850 you could give a slave a gun to hunt for food if you taught a slave to read you would be hung. Knowledge and free speech have always been the real source of power.

As for “The People.” The same men who wrote the 2nd amendment also wrote all the other amendments. So, if “The People” in one amendment refers to only those in the military does that mean that only those who have served have the right to free speech?. As a kid, we all read Starship Trooper or saw the movie. “Services guarantees citizenship,” is an honest alternative to the Constitution depending on how you describe “The People.” I don’t think the meaning of “The people” has changed or is all that hard to understand.

So just for the fun of it, the following link shows several words whose meaning has changed over time. You might be surprised at what you read.

The 2nd Amendment means what it says; you have the natural right to own a firearm despite what they want you to believe.


About Don McDougall

Don McDougall
Don McDougall

Don McDougall is an NRA instructor and member of the Los Padres “Friends of the NRA” committee. If he’s not at the range, you will find him setting the record straight with on gun issues and gun safety on AmmoLand Shooting Sports News.

  • 46 thoughts on “A Population Capable Of Using And Operating Firearms Is Necessary

    1. Author: Mark Zanghetti
      Comment:
      “A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state ? [well yes, therefore]
      “The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.”

      This is the cleanest explanation of the Second Amendment that I have seen in a very long time. Can I steal this and use it elsewhere? I agree with it 110% !

      Be my guest, I’d like to see 300 million people use it.

      Here is some more you might find useful.
      Posted on Ammoland

      Jim Macklin says:
      November 9, 2018 at 9:23 AM

      Why do the people need an AR 15 or an M1 Garand or M1A. The answer is not self-defense, varmint control or even defending your dwelling. The answer is more profound which is why government schools only teach parts of history and don’t link events to causes.
      December 16, 1773 the tax protest known as the Boston Tea Party happened.
      The British Army occupied Boston and on April 19, 1775 the British marched on Concord and Lexington to confiscate arms, such as gun powder, lead, flints, and muskets in storage.
      The independent, unchartered and not government approved militia they called Minutemen rallied to stop the British. The Minutemen had pledged to drop what they were doing on a minutes notice. The Revolutionary War was on.
      It took another year for the colonists to write the Declaration of Independence. If you haven’t read it this month, now is a good time.
      About a dozen years later the Congress wrote the United States Constitution and submitted it to the states for ratification.
      The Militia was included in Article One, Section Eight. Congress had the power to organize the militia, to supply arms and use the militia.
      Patrick Henry objected because a militia in control of a future tyrant was not protection of freedom.
      A Bill of Rights was demanded and written. Ratified as the Second Amendment we all “know” the words “shall not be infringed.” But few connect the reasons.
      The Second Amendment guarantees the right to keep arms in so many places that confiscation would be difficult. The Second Amendment guarantees thew right to bear arms as a deterrent to tyrants.
      Congress wrote the Militia Act to describe what kind of military arm was required and who was required to keep that kind of arm.
      In 1939 the SCOTUS stated that all they knew about the Second Amendment was that the people were required to keep privately owned military arms and to appear bearing those arms when summoned. The SCOTUS then remanded the MILLER case because they had no evidence to rule upon.
      So we the people need an AR because that is what Patrick Henry wanted and the SCOTUS agreed.
      A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state? The right of the people to keepm and bear arms shall not be infringed.

      The People think the Constitution protects their Rights.
      Government sees the Constitution as an Obstacle to be Overcome.

      A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state ? [well yes, therefore]
      “The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.”

      1. What Im saying is Colorado will be under a Dem governor and legislator. The last time this happened in 2013 we got universal background checks for private sales and high capacity magazines bans rammed into law. There also was a recall of dist 3 rep. I can’t remember her name right off but she was removed.

        2013 was bad just watch and see what happens to the 2nd amendment in Colorado over the next 2 years.
        The State is looking more and more like CA and less like the state I grew up in.

    2. “A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state ? [well yes, therefore]
      “The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.”

      This is the cleanest explanation of the Second Amendment that I have seen in a very long time. Can I steal this and use it elsewhere? I agree with it 110% !

    3. Watch what happens in Colorado now that the left holds all three branches of government in this State.
      Iam a CO native that can remember when you could mail order a gun, my grandfather had a tavern and traded guns for bar tabs,the wall behind the bar had hand guns from top to bottom
      No background checks no questions asked.
      Now we have a gay governor elec and transplants pouring in for each cost with their liberal mindset, I am afraid we have lost are one great state of Colorado.

    4. Oldmarine >>> All
      Law Of The Land
      The general misconception is that any statute passed by legistrators beraring the appearance of

      Law constititues the law of the land. The U>S> Constitution is the supreme law of the land, and
      any statute, to be valid, must be in agreement. It is impossible for a law which violates the
      Constitution to beto be valid.This is succinctly atated as follows;

      “All laws wich are repugnant to theConstitution are null and void. ” Marbury vs.Madison, 5 US ( 2
      Cranch ) 137,174, 176, ( 1803 )

      Do not violate the Constitution or you will be an enemy of the people and a criminal.
      Criminal = knowingly violating the valid law of the land. Any violation of the Constitution can be considered as Treasonable action.

    5. The Second Amendment was written thirteen years after Concord and Lexington. The lessons learned by the Founders and the Minutemen was that a militia controlled by the government was no protection for the freedom from a tyrant.
      Patrick Henry objected that the Militia controlled by Congress was inadequate to protect freedom.
      The militia in the Constitution of 1787 was armed by the Congress.
      Objections and refusals to ratify the Constitution resulted in the Bill of Rights.
      The Second Amendment was written to guarantee that the people would always have their private military arms safe from confiscation,
      The people pushing gun control, expanded background checks and “assault weapons” bans may not be planning a tyranny, but they are setting the ground work.

      Posted on Ammoland
      Jim Macklin says:
      November 9, 2018 at 9:23 AM
      Why do the people need an AR 15 or an M1 Garand or M1A. The answer is not self-defense, varmint control or even defending your dwelling. The answer is more profound which is why government schools only teach parts of history and don’t link events to causes.
      December 16, 1773 the tax protest known as the Boston Tea Party happened.
      The British Army occupied Boston and on April 19, 1775 the British marched on Concord and Lexington to confiscate arms, such as gun powder, lead, flints, and muskets in storage.
      The independent, unchartered and not government approved militia they called Minutemen rallied to stop the British. The Minutemen had pledged to drop what they were doing on a minutes notice. The Revolutionary War was on.
      It took another year for the colonists to write the Declaration of Independence. If you haven’t read it this month, now is a good time.
      About a dozen years later the Congress wrote the United States Constitution and submitted it to the states for ratification.
      The Militia was included in Article One, Section Eight. Congress had the power to organize the militia, to supply arms and use the militia.
      Patrick Henry objected because a militia in control of a future tyrant was not protection of freedom.
      A Bill of Rights was demanded and written. Ratified as the Second Amendment we all “know” the words “shall not be infringed.” But few connect the reasons.
      The Second Amendment guarantees the right to keep arms in so many places that confiscation would be difficult. The Second Amendment guarantees thew right to bear arms as a deterrent to tyrants.
      Congress wrote the Militia Act to describe what kind of military arm was required and who was required to keep that kind of arm.
      In 1939 the SCOTUS stated that all they knew about the Second Amendment was that the people were required to keep privately owned military arms and to appear bearing those arms when summoned. The SCOTUS then remanded the MILLER case because they had no evidence to rule upon.
      So we the people need an AR because that is what Patrick Henry wanted and the SCOTUS agreed.
      A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state? The right of the people to keepm and bear arms shall not be infringed.

      The People think the Constitution protects their Rights.
      Government sees the Constitution as an Obstacle to be Overcome.

      A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state ? [well yes, therefore]
      “The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.”

    6. Gun control or so called common sense gun laws are only the beginning of total elimination of Constitutional rights here in America..
      Government could care less about children, safety or anything else (EXEPT) controlling the masses to inforce their agenda.$$$
      It’s all about power and money… That’s it..
      And they will use anything or any… race, age or gender makes no difference..
      Keeping Citizens confused, angry or scared are the tools.. Don’t let them use these on you.. Be strong.. Think for yourself.. Use anything and everything to keep yourself and your families safe and don’t let anyone tell you you don’t have that right.. YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR WHAT’S DONE DURING EMERGENCY’S..
      Be prepared.. Don’t count on anyone but yourself.. We are not children to be protected by parental government..

    7. It’s so disturbing when a deranged or hate filled animal cowards murder innocent and unarmed fellow citizens with one of the great self-defense tools of our time. When you understand the founders interpretation our second amendment is Crystal clear. A gun hater is a person who has thankfully never needed one to feed the family or to protect themselves.

      1. Murder and mayhem exists world wide. You can thank the MSM and social media for it’s prominence. Years ago most of the stories about murders would be on the back page of the local newspaper, now it’s front page news. Gotta sell that ad space and air time to get ratings and make money.

        1. I simi agree with you. Rather then seller papers or making money on front page news about killings, its really about advancing their agenda of gun confiscation.

    8. The 2nd Amendment protects all other rights.I remember when loaded guns hung in the back windows of trucks In school parking lots.No one ever thought of using one in violence. There were loaded guns in every house in unlocked gun cabinets and closets.Its not the guns that are dangerous it’s the people and what they have became.

    9. Yeah Abby S…..Nice try…….With fists and bats and knives and all sorts of other weapons…..You just dont hear about it because it doesnt fit the agenda set forth by the left…..Get educated before you make ridiculous comments to people who own guns and recognize facts…..You are 4 times more likely to get beaten to death than killed by a firearm…..The NRA trains more people in gun safety than any other organization on the planet….You just dont like them because they fight for our rights to defend ourselves just as the forefathers intended…..

    10. I live in the Ozarks killed my first squirrel at 6 have hunted ever since I’m 62 .it’s not the gun that screws up it the person with the finger on the trigger . how about baseball bats and golf clubs oh and don’t forget about kitchen knifes,rolling pins and bricksjim

    11. I am a Texan, Don’t even think about coming after any weapons You might think that I own, When You enter My home after knocking My front door
      in You become “Terriorists” and will be dealt with by any means available until They remove My cold dead fingers from My empty weapons, Dont mess with Texans, They will fight for Their rights

    12. Good old George Washing. Glad I can go to sleep every night and wake up every afternoon still drunk yet secure in the comfort of knowing that I can both use AND operate a firearm thanks to his divine influence. Imagine how those unfortunate sods must feel, who can only operate but not use a firearm. Oh well, good thing they can only do one of those things, seeing as they are probably a bunch of libtard cucks anyway. I got a firearm they can both use and operate if you know what I’m sayin. Y’all keep us great now.
      -Abe Linco

    13. If people would pay attention to others around them.
      If students would stop bullying others and then wonder why they are targeted when the one that was harassed comes in and starts shooting. The cause for the most part was the sick
      Individuals who did the harassment of others and think it’s funny. That is untill the bleeding starts. It’s a people problem not a weapon problem. My weapons have never hurt anyone and never will unless a sick individual would attempt to do harm to my loved ones.
      It’s the person not the device used. Wake up people!

    14. So, if it means what it says then no person, no matter who, should be able to own a weapon. This would include the mentally ill, convicted felons, anyone without age limitations, 10 year olds fought in the civil and revolutionary wars, the Indian wars, the war of 1812.

      1. Well if the definition of the well regulated militia is all ABLE -BODIED MALES AGED 17-45, then no, 10 year olds don’t qualify on that metric. Also, able-BODIED includes mentally stable, so you lose on that point as well. Come on, you can do better…

      2. That is not true, Even 231 years ago, murderers, criminally insane and illegal aliens and waring Indians were not legally armed.
        But it is true that “the people” were not only allowed to possess and use military weaponry, they were required by law to have a military suitable shoulder fired weapon. The the 1939 MILLER case about the only thing the SCOTUS was sure of was that the people were “expected to appear bearing their private [military] arms.” The question they had was a short barreled shotgun also a military weapon. The trial court in Arkansas had not taken any evidence that the Court could review. Thus the MILLER case was remanded and not decided.
        The AR is not US Army issue, but the AR is certainly the Militia Standard Rifle.

      3. didjya read about the young lad whose home was invaded by a bad guy? Feller busted in the front door, smashed his way into the house then the kitchen where he backed Momma up against a counter, holding a big kitchen knife to her throat, and began making demands that she “service” him to his pleasure. Eleven year old son looked into the kitchen, sized up the situation, ran upstairs, got his Daisey BB gun, ran back down, and began peppering the horny toad in the face, shot after shot…. he finally had taken enough, dropped the knife and fled back out the front door. He faced two options…. let the beast have his way with Momma, or do what he could with what he had available to help the creep make in informed decision that he really DID have something else he could be doing just now.

        Then there was the twelve year old girl, ran upstairs to Daddy’s room and grabbed his small revolver, came back down and shot the robber who had busted int the house.

        Or the 14 year old boy, babysitting his younger siblings whilst Mom ran off on errands or a little while. Man busted in to the house and started roughing the little ones. Boy goes and gets Dad’s handgun, perp decides he’d better things to do, and leaves.

        Or the young Mom, two littles at home Dad off at work. He had just bought a J Frame revolver the weenend before, they’d not had a chance to take it to the range and have her try it out. Perp bashes into the house. she grabs the littles and they all three, WITH the handgun she’d never held before, into a small closet uptairs. Perp begins combing the house, eventually comes to that closet door, which she had locked. He begins trying to bash it open, she hollers “I;ve got a gun and will use it”. He thinks she’s bluffing. She wasn’t, and did. I think it was three rounds hit him. If memory serves, he made it all the way to the front yard where he :fell asleep” for a really long nap. That nap is still going on. Mom and kids are safe.Oh, and they went to the range the next weekend.

        Yes, THE PEOPLE have the right to the tools of our choice, for whatever purposes WE deem appropriate.

      4. I actually have no problem with able, experienced children having firearms; my kids all had their own high-powered rifles when they reached age 11. These included a .243, a 7mm-08 and a .308. I’m also not overly concerned about an individual’s mental health or status as a felon, since these conditions already and will always exist. They are merely to be addressed and dealt with on an individual basis; the most important factor being that there always be an adequate percentage of the public as a rule to spread the coverage of armed and ready citizens sufficiently to deal with such eventualities. That should help to reduce (mostly eliminate) any problems and keep order.

    15. My dear sir, your points are well taken and absolutely the truth. I own an assault rifle, which I consider the descendant of the militia arms used in this country’s initial resistance to tyranny. Other than occasional visits to the range, It rests ready to serve in the same capacity as those farmers used theirs by that rude bridge

      1. Wade, do you truly own an “assault rifle” (fully automatic)? They are expensive, their permits are expensive and time-consuming to obtain, and ammunition costs can be huge… was it really worth the time and money?

        Or do you own an AR15, semi-auto, rifle? They are much more affordable, and slightly easier to obtain… but they are not (as mainstream media and politicians wish you to believe) “assault” rifles or weapons.

    16. All I have to say is it is spelled out plain as day in the amendment. What it states is “, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”. So in that mindset “We the People of the United States…”, should always have the right. Government can change laws but in the end we keep giving up more and more of our rights as human beings, the Constitution was to be basic human rights we all are granted.

    17. Right on Don, very well said. It always amazing to me how the left interprets things using their pretzel logic using shameless hypocritical double standards.Thank you so much for your commentary.

    18. Fact I will not give my guns up. Gun grabbers better be willing to pay the price, it sure as hell will not be easy

      1. Abiejust what do you think the NRA has done that makes them full of it? For your information the NRA has done more for gun safety and education in this country than all the left leaning liberals have ever done. Before you comment please be informed and educated about what you post. Post’s like yours do nothing but further the lies that are spread about lawful gun owners and peace loving American’s. The only thing that people like you do is stir up the crazy people who actually do cause harm so please stop.

      2. Americans have owned firearms for a couple of centuries. I don’t think even the wild, wild, west could match some of today’s cities for murder rates. For the past one-hundred years only a small percentage used guns illegally, as in murder. So what has changed? The amount of violence shown on media outlets, day in and day out. Even children are no longer protected from scenes of graphic violence. We have all become immune in our reaction to violence. It seems to me the 1st amendment is more the culprit than the 2nd amendment.

      3. Quit being such a Hypocrite. How many people does Planned Parenthood Murder everyday. The NRA has Never killed anyone.
        They teach Gun Safety and how to use a Weapon. Why don’t you
        Educate yourself about the NRA and the good they do and
        and stop being an Idiot.

        1. Well taken but how does an idiot stop being an idiot?
          Have you ever tried to educate an idiot? I know where you can start.

      4. Guns are not the only instrument of death. Countries with gun bans still have murders and terrorism exists worldwide as well. Places in this county like Chicago that have gun bans have the worst gun violence in the country, so onviously bans sre not the answer. If more citizens had guns on their persons at all times and knew how to competently and confidently use them, active shooter situations would be over before they started. Our society needs to place greater value on fostering positive relations and building strong, supportive families and communities. Individuals would be less likely to engage in violence if our society did not glamorize violence. Movies, video games and ever present accessibility to gratuitously violent real-world videos have caused our youth to become numb to violence. Parents do not parent. If families and conmunities were close knit, disturbed individuals would be unable to fly under the radar. Shootings and terrorist activities would be stopped well before implementation if we were all supporting one another and paying attention to early warning signs. We have stopped seeing one another as fellow human beings. The socialist left wing media’s deceptive, divisive tactics have all but destroyed our republic. Taking away any of the liberties found in the Bill of Rights sets the stage for tyranny. As it was intended when written the right to bear arms is extended to Americans to make sure that the citizens can defend themselves in the face of a tyrannical government or to protect our country from foreign invasion. We must have rights to weapons with firepower equivalent to those possessed by our leaders and foregin invaders.

      5. Sorry to disagree. Less people have died via firearms since the relaxation of gun control. Only extremely left media make it seem otherwise.

      6. Guns are used to kill at far lower rates than many other things that take lives.
        ANy idea how many die fromillegal drug use per year? Its about 70K.

        How about killed with the standard garden variety carpenter’s claw hammer, and similar? Try about 15K

        How about cars? 33K

        in hospitals, not because of the thing that sent them there in the first place………… about 30K

        prescriptioin drugs, taken as prescried about 20K

        alcohol, direct overdose, and consequential deaths from being too drunk 30K

        knives, edged weapons 30K

        murdered in your mother’s womg 80K

        suicides, from all means 40K

        homicides where a firearm was used 11K

        NOW.. pray tell, WHY are your knickers all in a twist over GUNS? They are WAY DOWN on the list of unnatural causes of death in the US.

        Bear in mind, as well, tht NRA is supported by the membeship fees of their SIX MILLION members, because NRA are doing what THOSE MEMBErS want them to be doing. In that sense they are no different than Kiwanis, Rotary, Eagles, Masons, Cycling clulbs (I left the one I’d supported for years because theyove gon of fthe rails and I refuse to give them more of my money until they do with it what I think they should)

    19. Scalia defined it more narrowly. A right of personal self.defense. This leave open allot of regulations. In short, weapons to defend your home and person from bad guys, but not weapons tonight if the government. This more expansive definition sought by the NRA I wouldn’t even get Scalia’s support. By the way, Americans know guns. We kill each other much better than the liberal weenie nation’s that have gun control. Keep up the good work.

      1. Scalia made that statement not intending that use to be exclusive to all other uses. He was clarifying the NEED for the common man to posses arms to defend himself/family against any threats coming against him. He in no wise intended to imply that this is the ONLY legitimate use for arms. How stupid do you think we are, anyways?

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