Here’s the text 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.Where in that text does it say a citizen may have an assault weapon? A 100 round magazine? Armor piercing bullets? Dum-dum bullets? NRA and other gun nuts would say it all comes under the “right of the people to keep and bear arms”. Fine. Let’s go by what was available in the late 1700’s when this amendment was written and passed by the states. Arms can mean a sword, a blunderbuss, a carbine, a flintlock, a musket, or a sabre.
May 31, 2017