G. Pare: Misinterpreting the Second Amendment


It seems to me that a great many people believe that the Second Amendment guarantees anyone the right to carry military-style guns as they choose. The Second Amendment reads:

“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 definition of a well-regulated militia, from those days, would now refer to the National Guard of the United States.

The militia originated in colonial times. Local detachments of civilian volunteers trained to combat hostile Indians and to deal with other emergencies. In 1775, after the start of the American Revolution, the Second Continental Congress made the militia of the various colonies the nucleus of the Continental Army.

It seems to me that the Second Amendment of the Constitution has been misinterpreted.

Gerald C. Pare, Poland