Now that we have looked at the wording in the 2nd Amendment, and analyzed the meaning, what is left?
A VERY LARGE PART, THAT IS USUALLY IGNORED. YOU SEE, THE "MILITIA" IS ALSO MENTIONED IN AN EARLIER PART OF THE U.S. CONSTITUTION.
Does this give us any information about how the 2nd Amendment was meant to be interpreted? Lets find out.
The area of the Constitution I am referring to is SECTION 8 OF ARTICLE 1. Here is the passage that applies to the current discussion. (Direct Quotes are in Italics.)
THE Congress shall have Power...
To make Rules for the Government and Regulation of the land and naval Forces.
SEE #1 FOR BREAKDOWN.
To provide for calling forth the Militia to execute the Laws of the Union, suppress Insurrections and repel Invasions;
SEE #2 FOR BREAKDOWN.
To provide for organizing, arming, and disciplining, the Militia, and for governing such Part of them as may be employed in the Service of the United States, reserving to the States respectively, the Appointment of the Officers, and the Authority of training the Militia according to the discipline prescribed by Congress;
SEE #3 FOR BREAKDOWN.
#1- All parts of the U.S. Armed Forces fall under the Jurisdiction of the U.S. Congress.
#2- Is Basically, placing the Militia under the authority of the Federal Government, in case of National Emergency that threatens the entire country.
#3- From the wording, we find several very important directives;
- That the U.S. Congress is responsible for Forming, Equipping and Setting Guidelines for the MILITIA/NATIONAL GUARD.
- That any part of these State Military Forces that can be used for National Defense, are to come under the Authority of the U.S. Congress.
- That the Appointment of Officers, and the responsibility of Training these Troops, lies with the States.
- However, the Training must be done in a manner that is not determined by the Individual States, but by THE U.S. CONGRESS.
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