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Guns: ‘Well regulated’ is key clause to understand

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Let’s consider the Second Amendment. It says, “... the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.” These are two clauses in a larger sentence. Precursory to these words it says, “A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state.”

Taken as a whole, these four clauses form a sentence and a complete statement of an idea.

Now, a clause is an incomplete concept, a component to a larger thought. Go ask your English teacher about it. Be assured, the writers of the Constitution knew how to write a complete sentence.

So, taken in its entirety, the Second Amendment establishes a right that is defined but limited. The first two clauses clarify a condition (”well regulated”) and states the goal (”security of a free state”).

As a gun owner, I expect regulation to cover the topics of modern life: corporate conduct, labor, environment, transportation, food and public health, criminal and civil beharior – and guns!

Stefan Battin, Roy

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