by Michael Schwartz
Clash Daily Guest Commentator
What has to be understood about guns is it doesn't matter what polls say or what crime statistics show. If it did matter and it was up to the public, we wouldn't need an amendment in place to protect gun rights.
The Second Amendment guarantees civilians their right to own and carry guns used by the military. That is the meaning and that is the purpose.
“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.” – Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, 1791
“Well regulated” means competent and properly functional. If it were written today it would probably read “well trained and equipped.” “Militia” means a fighting force made of civilians who are not professional soldiers.
“Necessary” means today what it meant back then: not an option, but essential. “Security of a free state” means Americans across the country living under the experiment of self-governance. “The right of the people” means the same thing throughout the writings of the documents that formed our country when “rights” and “the people” are used. Rights are unalienable and given by nature or nature’s creator and “the people” are people within the borders of the United States. “Shall not be infringed” means exactly what it says.