We The People     2020

Stephen Feldmeie​r

Why We Have the Second Amendment?

The enforcement Massachusetts Government Act of 1774 is why the 2nd Amendment was drafted into the Bill of Rights. This act had politicians from England replacing the elected politicians from the state of Massachusetts. The other states feared the same would happen to them, so they formed a colonial Army to protect the sovereignty of their states. The British general seen the rise in the colonial army and also knew that they out numbered the British soldiers and also had better firearms. So the British came up with a mandate one musket per household and started to do house to house searches for extra firearms. The British heard of the armories in Concord and Lexington and needed to shut those down.

The reason why Paul Revere did his famous ride warning the towns people that the British Army was on the move was to warn them the British were after the military supply storages in Concord and Lexington, and to arrest Hancock and Adams.

​By this time, the continental congress was already established and the colonies were starting to be referred to as states by members of congress since they had self containing or sovereign governments.

The 2nd Amendment is not about;

  •    protecting the 1st Amendment.
  •    self protection.
  •    or hunting rights.

(see my page on the Bill of Rights to learn more on the Massachusetts Governing Act).

To quote the 2nd 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."

Lets take a look at these words as if we were back in 1784. In 1784 the word militia had a different meaning as it does today. Today we look at the word militia:
      "a military force that is raised from the civil population to supplement a regular army in an emergency. - A military force that engages in rebel or terrorist activities, typically in opposition to a regular army. - All able-bodied civilians eligible by law for military service."

In 1784 the word militia had a different meaning; all males between the ages of 16 and 55. In other words every male capable of shooting a musket was considered militia. At that time there wasn't any force to supplement the regular army, or National Guard to speak of. 

The phrase; necessary to the security of a free state; Means that it's the people responsibility to protect the sovereignty of the government of that free state from foreign governments, other states, or even our own the federal government.

So if the 2nd Amendment were written today with the same intent as back in 1784 it would read as follows; 

       The people of a free state are responsible for the security of the sovereignty of that state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be denied by the federal government.

After all it's the federal government that has the power to threaten the sovereignty of the states. The Forefathers knew this and that's why we have the 2nd Amendment to protect that sovereignty of our states.

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