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
Let's talk about that for a moment.
"A well regulated Militia"
What does that really say? Are people who own weapons of mass destruction really part of "A well regulated Militia"?
I think not.
They may want to "believe" that they are, but where does the "well regulated" part come in? They want NO part of regulation in any form, to be free to open-carry in any venue, to intimidate others whose rights to safety and security mean nothing to them. They must show their Machismo!
"Being necessary to the security of a free State".
Does this mean that anyone who owns one of these weapons is a defender of "a free State" and is willing to put their life on the line in defense of that "free State". Again, I think not. Keep in mind that when this was written, we had just come out of The American Revolution, a war against tyranny by British rule, and the available "arms" were muskets and flintlock pistols. The states were on their own to protect themselves, as the Continental Army was basically disbanded in 1783. Defense of the colonies was left to Militias comprised of loosely knit units of farmers and soldiers who had fought in the Revolutionary War, who obviously needed "the right to keep and bear Arms".
Today, instead of Militias, we have a standing military on which we spend 600 to 700 billion dollars each year to protect our country, comprised of the Air Force, Army, Marines, Navy, Coast Guard, and National Guard, each force designed for a specific duty. The National Guard is basically the states "Well Regulated Militia" of today!
"Shall not be infringed". Keep in mind that when this was written, we still only had muskets and flintlocks! Absolutely none of the founding fathers of our country could have possibly envisioned the weapons or "Arms" of today!
I AM NOT AGAINST THE SECOND AMENDMENT!
What I am against is the proliferation of these types of armaments in the public realm, in the hands of insecure persons who, under most circumstances would never even use them for their intended purpose to begin with. But others will and do, and access to them is killing kids! We are living in an age where human life means little to some, because of some feeling of being an outcast or some horrible occurrence in their life. Have any of you taken the time to view a photo of what a bullet from one of these weapons does to flesh and bone? A 5 or 6 year old body, or a teen-aged body for that matter, hit with 5 high velocity bullets from an AR-15 is no longer recognizable as a human. It enters the body the size of an ink pen and exits the size of a baseball, destroying everything in between. I have a 5 year old great grandson. I would simply die if that happened to him. Imagine for a moment the grief that the families and friends of these slaughtered children feel!
The AR-15 came into existence in 1956, designed as a military assault-type rifle by ArmaLite to compete with the AK-47 designed by Kalashnikov in the Soviet Union. It was never intended for public use. In 1964 the patent was sold to Colt, who held it until it expired in 1977. After that, it was open to anyone to manufacture their own versions. And it became more readily available to the public and less expensive. It also became the gun of choice to the "Militia" group.
Is there really a need for this? Are we that unsure of ourselves and people around us?
I always thought this was the "Land of the free, and the home of the Brave". How does the ownership of one of these weapons make you "Brave" and others "Free"? The NRA is just another "owner" of our government, with the sole purpose of fomenting discontent and fear to sell more firearms. They have become a terrorist organization, yet we do nothing to stop them. IT"S TIME!