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Dictionary work: The Second Amendment says….

September 6, 2015

OK, over the years, I’ve had conversations with an occasional liberal, anti-2nd amendment type person, face to face and online more often. Being civil, polite and listening to ‘their side’ of the gun rights anti-argument, I gently let the air out of their balloon every time. And particularly often with the following document I wrote up way back in the Bill Clinton era when he and Janet Reno were routinely killing masses of people the government didn’t agree with like in Waco or Ruby Ridge.

It goes as follows:

A bit of dictionary work does wonders for enlightenment.

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.”


Definitions of the above key words are from the typical American standard dictionary, for the anti-rights liberal elite who prefer to twist things to their own ends:


Regulated:  To control or direct according to rule, principle, or law.


Militia An army composed of ordinary citizens rather than professional soldiers.

 A military force that is not part of a regular army and is subject to call for service in an emergency. The whole body of physically fit civilians eligible by law for military service. : a group of people who are not part of the armed forces of a country but are trained like soldiers


Necessary:  Absolutely essential; Needed to achieve a certain result or effect; Required by obligation, compulsion, or convention; Something indispensable.


Security:   Something that gives or assures safety, as a group or department of private guards. Measures adopted, as by a business or homeowner, to prevent a crime such as burglary or assault: Freedom from risk or danger; safety.


Free: Not imprisoned or enslaved; being at liberty; Not controlled by obligation or the will of another; Not subject to arbitrary interference by a government.


State: A specific mode of government; A body politic, especially one constituting a nation.


Right: Fitting, proper, or appropriate; Most favorable, desirable, or convenient; Conforming with or conformable to justice, law, or morality; A just or legal claim or title; According to law, morality, or justice.


People: A body of persons living in the same country under one national government; a nationality; The mass of ordinary persons; the populace; The citizens of a political unit, such as a nation or state; the electorate; A body of persons living in the same country under one national government; a nationality.


Keep: To retain possession of: To have as a supply; To maintain for use or service; To manage, tend, or have charge of.


Bear: To carry from one place to another; transport; To be accountable for; assume; To have a tolerance for.


Arms: A weapon, especially a firearm; To equip with weapons; To provide with something that strengthens or protects.


Shall: Used before a verb in the infinitive to show something, such as an order, promise, requirement, or obligation.


Not: In no way; to no degree. Used to express negation, denial, refusal, or prohibition.


Infringed: To transgress or exceed the limits of; violate; Obsolete To defeat; invalidate. To encroach on someone or something; engage in trespassing. Latin root word:  infringere, to destroy. To do something that does not obey or follow (a rule, law, etc.) ( chiefly US ): to wrongly limit or restrict something, (such as another person’s rights) :  to encroach upon in a way that violates law or the rights of another <infringe a patent>



Now, my liberal friend, what part of this statement do you not understand? Pretty profound use of language from them old dead white guys that wrote this up, no?

  1. Just a thought to ponder. The word “regulated” also has the meaning of well ordered and proper functioning as in, Regulating a watch”, which is adjusting its rate for accurate performance. A well regulated militia is one which is properly trained, disciplined and equiped to perform its duties when called upon to do so. Most people think of “regulated” in the modern sense of controlling by statute or policy under force of law.

  2. Alan permalink

    Very well stated, I kinda understand where John is going in his comment as well. Although in my opinion it is pretty clear what was written to begin with. It was written in the case the government gets out of control that the people can stand up to a tyrannical government. It is also about protecting yourselves from harm that may or may not come.

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