This is a frequent question from the lefty gun grabbers that they throw out not as a question, but as a grenade. They expect you to not be able to answer why you might need an AR-15 with any “reasonable” answer and they are under the impression that they are prepared to shoot back at your no doubt frivolous, misguided responses with what they would like for you to believe are their logical reasons that you don’t need one. And I will promise you that they will eventually, some sooner than later, pull out the “baby killer” card (which is funny considering they’re so pro-abortion, but that’s another matter for another day).
Before we go any further, I’d like to remind you all exactly what the Second Amendment states:
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.
Let’s analyze this a bit. Some argue that the term “militia” means National Guard or state forces. Hmmm. Ok, let’s see. Yes, yes. That sounds reasonable, right? Let’s define the term as Wikipedia (whom the left seems to love so we’ll go with it):
A militia (pron.: /mɨˈlɪʃə/), generally refers to an army or other fighting force that is composed of non-professional fighters; citizens of a nation or subjects of a state or government that can be called upon to enter a combat situation, as opposed to a professional force of regular soldiers or, historically, members of the fighting nobility. Some of the ways the term is used include:
- Defense activity or service, to protect a community, its territory, property, and laws.
- The entire able-bodied population of a community, town, county, or state, available to be called to arms.
- A subset of these who may be legally penalized for failing to respond to a call-up.
- A subset of these who actually respond to a call-up, regardless of legal obligation.
- A private, non-government force, not necessarily directly supported or sanctioned by its government.
- An official reserve army, composed of citizen soldiers. Called by various names in different countries such as; the Army Reserve, National Guard, or state defense forces.
Yep, the term “militia” can and does refer to an official reserve army. So there we go. I guess we regular citizens really don’t have the right to bear arms. But it also mentions a private force not supported or sanctioned by government. Hmmm. Well, that’s confusing. Let’s keep reading through a little, just for the heck of it.
The next phrase is “security of a free State.” Ok. So, how do we define “free State?” Well, we could assume that it means one of our 50 states. But then, if we use the term literally, then Washington, D.C. would be excluded from the Constitution. While D.C. certainly likes to pretend they are not beholden to the same rules as the rest of us, that is not the case. Clearly, the use of “State” here is something a bit more abstract. Let’s consider what the term “free State” meant when our founding fathers were around. During the 18th Century, “free State” was often used by the writers who are known to have substantially influenced the writers of our Constitution and the term was well understood to mean free country, in opposition to despotism. And let us not forget that Madison’s original proposal included the term “free country” which was later changed to “free State.” This also means that in regards to the Second Amendment, “free State” does not refer to states’ rights, but freedom from despotism. But we’re not here to talk about states’ rights today.
Now, since “free State” means freedom from despotism, then “militia” could not refer to any state force, right? But it could still mean a National Guard, correct? Well, let’s keep going.
We now come to the next and most exciting part yet of the Second Amendment. I love this phrase, “…the right of the people to keep and bear Arms…,”
The who? That’s right, the PEOPLE! That’s you and me, baby. That’s your mom and your granny and your cousin and your uncle. Not the military. The PEOPLE! Think about it. Think about where these guys came from and from what they were running away. They created a government OF, BY and FOR the PEOPLE! They had freedom in mind and they weren’t in it just halfway. There is no question whatsoever about what the term “people” refers to in our Constitution. It’s all of us. So, that knocks out any illusion of the term “militia” referring to a military. WE are the militia!
Oh, but wait. Wait, it gets better! How, you ask? How could it get any better than that? It does! We’re finally at the dessert portion of this wonderful meal:
“SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED.”
That is a wonderfully beautiful bow on a gift from our founding fathers. But, don’t mistake it for just decoration. It’s far from decoration. It’s the pièce de résistance. The finale and the parting benediction. Shall not be infringed. Shall not be infringed by the government. Shall not be infringed by those who desire to control us. Shall not be infringed by those who think their rights matter more than anyone else’s. SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED.
Oh, and you still want to know why I need an AR-15? It’s none of your damn business. But, look for a future posting on the many reasons you may want one.