“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.”
The Supreme Court finally realized, and acknowledged that the Second Amendment guarantees the individual the right to own fire arms! That was quite a breakthrough! I might also add that it is about time! Former courts, and many legislators through the years have tried to twist it around to refer to the militia. This stems from a lack of understanding about:
- A. The The meaning of “militia” at the time of the documents drafting.
- B. The meaning of the term “people”.
- C. The meaning of the term “state”.
- D. The meaning of the term “infringement”.
Apparently period dictionaries were not available to these folks so they were left with a very “Clintonesque” questioning of what the definition of “is,” is.
They need to do some more work on the idea of infringement. As far as I can determine, it means something along the lines of “not touching, or changing”! On that note, the court also made a little headway by acknowledging that errors were made in the Miller decision of 1939. It is interesting to note, that even in that case, the court only required proof that the weapon in question would improve the efficiency of a militia, not that the owner be a member of a militia! This showed that the court understood that the ownership of a firearm, even for militia purposes, was an individual right.