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to regulate means to keep in

to regulate means to keep in check or constrain or curb or inhibit. when the constitution was written, there was no "federal" army. the militia or militias were the military.

so, the first phrase of the constitution means...a military that is kept in check or constrained is necessary to a free state.

the second phrase of the second amendment...the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed, is straight forward and needs no explanation.

Remember, the colonists had just fought a war to become free from a tyrannical king with a military that was running roughshod over the populace. they wanted to make sure the military of their new and limited government would not think it could run roughshod over it's citizens. thus, 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.

means that a military that is kept in check by the citizens is necessary to freedom and democracy. therefore the right of the people to keep and bear arms SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED!!!!