“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 true meaning of the Second Amendment has been on my mind for a while now.
Is it an “Individual Right” or a “Collective Right”?
I find it interesting that all of Europe (Including Great Britain and Eire) have disarmed their civilian populations – unless they’re well-connected and quite wealthy.
It’s also quite interesting, that outside of the more notorius urban areas (i.e., South-Central LA, South-Side Chicago, D.C., etc) the crime rate is equivalent to that of Finland. And that “shall issue” states have much lower crime rates than “gun-controlled” states.
And, when an oppressed minority, such as the Jewish population of Warsaw, Poland, circa 1942, is about to be rounded up, “deported”, and exterminated, has acquired firearms.
See footnote (8) of this article by Tom Kratman to find the title of this blog post.
Mr. Kratman makes an interesting argument in a parsing of the 2nd Amendment: That the 2nd Amendment is, indeed, a “collective right” of the States – to maintain a militia to provide the means for the individual states to enter a state of insurrection against a tyrannical central government!
In fact, he liked the idea so much that he wrote a novel about it. See A State of Disobediance at Baen.com.
I think I’ll commend this article to Mike Adams….