Understanding the Constitution – Bill of Rights, 2nd Amendment

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Consitution of the United States and Feather QuillThe Second Amendment to the Constitution is one of the most controversial of all the Amendments.

2nd 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.

In the time this was written the Militia was a military force made up of civilians.  When needed civilians would take their own weapons and fight for the country.  This in my opinion is why the James Madison wrote the amendment this way.  In today’s time there is no Militia.  It has since been turned into the National Guard however the Supreme Court has ruled that the individual has the right to bear arms.  This is a right that we all need.  We need to have th right to defend ourselves.

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