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A Surprise Found in the Constitution

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I’ve been asked to write a condensed, simplified version of the US Constitution for quick reference (yes, I actually do exciting things like that on Saturday nights) and happened to notice something in Article 1, Section 8, which reads, under the powers of the Legislature:

“To provide for calling forth the Militia to execute the Laws of the Union, suppress Insurrections and repel Invasions”

Hmm. Apparently, the Founders considered a Militia to be a group of, in those days, men, to “execute laws, suppress insurrections and repel invasions”. Conspicuous by its absence is any mention of protection from tyrannical governments.

In the 1700s, it was required for all able-bodied free men to own weapons for the purpose of joining their state militias. At the time, the Federal government did not have the funds to provide weapons for these men, so they were required, by law, to own their own guns which they would bring to any fight by any invader.

I’ll let you decide how that relates to the Second Amendment, to which ammosexuals are so fond of referring, which says: “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.”

Kind of makes the odd wording of the Second Amendment a little clearer, wouldn’t you say?

That Militia part appears to actually have a meaning and a purpose, contrary to some modern interpretations.

Watch this space

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