The Second Amendment states: “The right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.” The words “the people” in the Second Amendment refer to the very same words we “the people” which are also found in the Preamble to the Constitution:
PREAMBLE to the U.S. CONSTITUTION
“We the people of the United States in order to form a more perfect Union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for common defense, promote the general welfare, and to secure theblessing of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”
Therefore, “the people” referred to in the Second Amendment are also we “the people” referred to in the Preamble to the Constitution. The provision for “a well regulated militia”, also included in the Second Amendment, does not preclude “The right of the people to keep and bear arms”. The reason the Founding Fathers wrote the Second Amendment right of we “the people” to keep and bear arms into Constitutional Law is found in the Preamble to the Constitution: “To secure the blessing of liberty to ourselves and our posterity”.
Thank You Bruce for another wonderful contribution. If you would like to make a submission to The D.C. Clothesline, please email me at [email protected] -Dean Garrison