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Response to yodermon (Reply #20)

Fri Dec 28, 2012, 12:00 PM

31. Here's the problem with opinions...they are only that...

"The whole sentence looks to military matters, the second clause giving the reason for the rightís existence, and the third giving an exception to that right...Madisonís proposed amendment remove it from its original (solely military) context"

I read Madison's proposal as just the opposite (especially when compared to the actual 2nd) - Madison's version specifically separates the secured right from a primary purpose - by a semi-colon. Compare that to the version below of his proposal (note the colon) from

http://www.constitution.org/bor/amd_jmad.txt.

Pretty obvious there are 2 different, but slightly related, notions, related because the new Congress would now have the power to come up with guidelines for arming "the Militias", which were interchangable with "the people". Hence the people's right existed, and now needed to be secured.

"The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed; a well
armed and well regulated militia being the best security of a free country:
but no person religiously scrupulous of bearing arms shall be compelled to
render military service in person."



Other differences - "Necessary to.." makes the Militias (constitutional Militias) a requirment, mandatory by law. No other reason but to state just how important they were for securing our freedom.

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