Shall Not Be Infringed !Submitted by ProudAmericanFirst on Mon, 12/31/2012 - 02:20
As passed by the Congress:
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.
As ratified by the States and authenticated by Thomas Jefferson, Secretary of State:
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.
In no particular order, early American settlers viewed the right to arms and/or the right to bear arms and/or state militias as important for one or more of these purposes:
deterring tyrannical government;
facilitating a natural right of self-defense;
participating in law enforcement;
enabling the people to organize a militia system.