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From a 1950 textbook

I have a copy of a 1950 textbook explaining the Constitution called "Your Rugged Constitution." It is quite unique because it even shows the past language that was struck when some were amended for change. Here's how it explains 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."

A large national army can become a threat to a free people, for it's leaders may seize the government and deprive the people of their rights. Fearing such an army, early citizens of the United States chose to place their security very largely in the hands of state militia, or citizen armies. This amendment was added to keep the federal government from passing any rules that would interfere with lawful possession and use of arms by the people.

Their summary:

YOU DENY: To the federal government the power to interfere with your ownership and use of weapons for lawful purposes.

YOU GET: Protection against abuse of power by a national army.

If I disappear from a discussion please forgive me. My 24-7 business requires me to split mid-sentence to serve them. I am not ducking out, I will be back later to catch up.