The second amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which 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,” passed the House by a voice vote without objection and hardly a debate. Today, it is argued that the Framers of the Constitution were implying these rights to an organization such as the National Guard.
The second amendment defines the security of a free state as the right of the people to keep and bear Arms. Taking this definition out of the amendment leaves the root of the amendment, which is A well regulated Militia shall not be infringed. The definition inside the amendment, at the time it was written, was thought to be so basically implied that the Framers of the Constitution never dreamed it would be the center of such heated debate, and the true core of the amendment would be ignored.
According to Webster’s New World Dictionary, militia is defined as (Americanism) in the U.S., all able-bodied male citizens between 18 and 45 years old who are not already members of the regular armed forces: members of the National Guard and of the Reserves (of the Army, Air Force, Coast Guard, Navy, and Marine Corps) constitute the organized militia; all others, the unorganized militia. Militia is capitalized in the second amendment because it refers to Americans.
Webster’s defines infringe as to break (a law or agreement); fail to observe the terms of; violate. Our Framers meant that the Constitution is an agreement signifying a Union that would never be broken. The Union would never be broken, that is, as long as our system of democracy would be continually fueled by opposition, which, in turn, creates regulations American Citizens live by every day. Literally, A well regulated Militia shall not be infringed means A well regulated America shall not be broken.
Piece the amendment together, and it means a well regulated America is necessary to the right of the people to keep and bear Arms. It seems more like a warning when looked upon like this because the pilgrims came from a oppressed country, poor “adventurers” were enslaved by the London Company, and Africans and Indians were enslaved here (even though the Framers did not share this view of oppression). “Arms” means any form of strength that can be used to protect oneself from oppression, whether that strength is in the form of guns, bombs, fists, or legislature. The word Arms is capitalized because it means the strength of America as whole to protect itself from any form of oppression, including self-oppression from within its own borders.