There are several versions of the text of the Second Amendment, each with slight capitalization and punctuation differences, found in the official documents surrounding the adoption of the Bill of Rights. One version was passed by the Congress, while another is found in the copies distributed to the States and then ratified by them.
As passed by the Congress:
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.
As ratified by the States and authenticated by Thomas Jefferson, Secretary of State:
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 original hand-written copy of the Bill of Rights, approved by the House and Senate, was prepared by scribe William Lambert and resides in theNational Archives.(wiki)
I understand this thus.
1.Despite Militia a well regulated…infringed”(‘despite’ being inferred) in this case the Lobbyists are Right.
2.Add a comma at after ”the Right of the people’ to read.9this could have been omitted in the original)
‘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’
Then, the phrase ‘the Right of the people ‘ qualifies the previous caluse ‘ A well regulated..” means that it is only the Right of the Militia, being the Right of the people, whose(Militia’s) Rights to arms can not be infringed upon.
But then if people call the bearing of Arms is their Right, then let them bear the responsibility of being Gunned down.
“”There are nearly 12,000 murders a year from guns in this country. When are you guys going to focus on that, and stop telling me the answer is more guns. It is not the answer!” he exclaimed to his guest. “How many more kids have to die, before you guys say, ‘we want less guns, not more.'”
The Second Amendment. US
“I’m upset, because I worry that the gun control laws that you’re pushing, have killed people,” said Lott, the author of “More Guns, Less Crime.”
The man behind “Piers Morgan Tonight” saw things differently:
“Oh what a load of nonsense,” he grumbled. “I’m so frustrated, I’m so furious, that these kids, have been blown away again, with legally acquired weapons. Some boy, who’s got problems, takes his mother’s three weapons – including this ridiculous assault rifle – and goes in a school and kills these kids, and you guys on the gun lobby still want to tell me the answer is more guns. It is madness!”
These are the words of Piers Morgan on Gun Control…
n the aftermath of yet another shocking American gun incident, on Friday evening “Piers Morgan Tonight” invited in a host of experts, survivors and insightful voices, all charged with attempting to add perspective and context to a school shooting in Newtown, Conn. that cost 28 people their lives.
Hosting a live program dedicated entirely to the tragedy that left 20 young children – ranging from Kindergarten age to the fourth grade – dead within the walls of their Sandy Hook Elementary School, Piers Morgan welcomed members from both sides of the gun debate, generating a spirited discussion on the ways in which the nation should respond moving forward:
“Why on Earth would you want more guns in schools after what’s happened today,” Morgan asked Steve Dulan.’
People in The US have called for Piers Morgan’s deportation..
A petition seeking to deport CNN’s Piers Morgan for speaking out in favor of gun control has garnered enough signatures to elicit an official response from the Obama administration.
The petition on the White House’s We the People site reads:
British Citizen and CNN television host Piers Morgan is engaged in a hostile attack against the U.S. Constitution by targeting the Second Amendment. We demand that Mr. Morgan be deported immediately for his effort to undermine the Bill of Rights and for exploiting his position as a national network television host to stage attacks against the rights of American citizens.
The “Piers Morgan Tonight” host has taken a particularly aggressive stance on the issue in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, making the case for stricter gun control laws in the U.S. and calling a gun advocate who appeared on his show an “unbelievably stupid man.”
As of 9:15 a.m. Pacific time Monday, the petition had garnered more than 38,000 signatures.
Not that any of this is fazing Morgan, however. He’s mostly taking the entire thing in stride, as evidenced by his Twitter feed.
Morgan spent most of the weekend laughing the petition off, tweeting at critics with grammar corrections and snarky one-liners. But as more conspicuous voices, such as that of British Donald Trump Alan Sugar, joined the rabble, Morgan’s demeanor grew more somber.
“I am also a legal resident with the same USA Visa as you. But I keep my mouth shut here,” Lord Sugar tweeted at Morgan. “Coward,” Morgan responded.
Later, after pointing out the irony inherent in a petition ostensibly defending the 2nd Amendment while ignoring the 1st, Wall Street Journal columnist James Taranto added fuel to the petitioners’ bonfire by directing Morgan’s attention to Kleindienst v. Mandel — a Supreme Court ruling that barring a foreign journalist from entering the country does not violate the 1st Amendment.(truthdig.com)
The following is the position of the Second Amendment
- A firestorm was sparked when the Constitution was proposed in 1787 without a bill of rights. Federalists and Antifederalists fiercely battled over the issue as the States began ratifying the Constitution. In the first conventions, the Federalists defeated demands for recognition of the rights to free speech, assembly, and bearing arms. But the tide turned in Virginia, where Patrick Henry and George Mason prevailed in persuading the convention to demand a bill of rights.
- A great compromise was reached when the Federalists and Antifederalists concurred that the Constitution would be ratified subject to the agreement that the first Congress would consider amendments. James Madison did just that by proposing what became the Bill of Rights in 1787. Federalists explained that what became the Second Amendment would protect the right of the people to keep and bear their private arms, which would guard against tyranny and the evils of a standing army. However, proposals to increase state militia powers were rejected.
- Thomas Jefferson, a life-long hunter and gun collector, wrote just before his death in 1826 that “all power is inherent in the people; . . . it is their right and duty to be at all times armed.” The understanding by his generation of the Second Amendment was clear and unmistakable—as its text states, it recognizes “the right of the people” to possess and carry arms. The Constitution defines the respective powers of the federal and state governments, but the Bill of Rights speaks largely of individual rights. If the Second Amendment is no exception, what it protects—and what restrictions government may impose—will continue to be hotly debated.”