“Pssst! Hey Mac, are you carrying?”

by milesstoneman

My vote for the 13 most misunderstood, argued over, or ignored words in the English language are:

A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state.

The second amendment to the US Constitution was not written, “IF a well regulated…THEN the right of the people….”  Instead, the introductory clause to the amendment states one of those “self-evident truths” that the Declaration admits to.

A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state.

We tend to jump right over those words to get to the part we want to write on our sign for the protest march.  Our enemies know those words, but want to use them to, somehow, negate the words that follow.  But those words are still there:

A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state.

We are told that the number of guns in America is possibly 300 million (with about 4 million of those in the hands of the government).  And the population of America is about 330 million.  Pretty good, right?  A gun for everyone!

I doubt it.  Many gun owners, myself included, have multiple guns in various calibers.  Surveys hold that American gun ownership is about 44 million persons.  That’s 14%.

And only 4%-6% Americans have a concealed carry permit; most of those do not actively carry a gun.  Of those 14% who own guns, and less then 4% who regularly carry one, how many  pay for training courses, and/or practice?  Now we’re getting to the nut-cutting.  Remember:

A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state.

Well regulated is not about “regulations”, it’s similar to well functioning, well trained.  Think of a well regulated clock.  Each part is functioning in the way it was designed to.

So, do you own guns?  Do you actively carry a gun anywhere it’s lawful to do so?  Do you spend your hard-earned money and your time staying “in shape” with your guns?  I hope so, because:

A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state.

 

MOLON

 

 

 

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