JEFFERSON AND THE 2ND AMENDMENT
By Michael LeMieux
February 18, 2011
The near constant push by the left to pass more and more restrictive gun laws highlights their ignorance of human nature and common sense. Those that would have us believe the act of passing legislation upon the law abiding citizen will do anything to curb criminal behavior is either an idiot or has an agenda of control over the liberties of the population.
To remind those who may have forgotten, the Second Amendment reads: “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.”
Because it has been settled that the Second Amendment is a right guaranteed to the individual and is not a collective right, I will not address that issue here. I wish to address the latter portion of the amendment which deals with the keeping and bearing of arms by the citizenry.
The term “shall not be infringed” has been a point of contention for at least the last century and most especially in the last 70 years. No one would argue that we do not want toddlers and unsupervised adolescents handling firearms. We recognize that someone with a mental illness or diminished mental capacity should not be allowed to have weapons. So there is a certain amount of “infringement” that common sense would show prudent to enact.