I guess it was in 1968. It doesn't matter. Even if the law is still on the books, the militia doesn't exist. Jared Loughner doesn't belong to it.
The militia described in that law was well regulated. It doesn't exist today. What well-regulated militia is it that is served by letting people own weapons?
Of course, One could easily imagine a well-regulated militia composed of a coalition between the KKK and al-Qaeda.
I guess a member of such a group certainly needs the right to be armed to his or her teeth.
Here's a line from Article I section 8:
"To provide for calling forth the Militia to execute the Laws of the Union, suppress Insurrections and repel Invasions."
What in the name of heaven can that have to do with letting any old nut buy weapons? That doesn't suppress insurrections; it enables them.
The amendment may have had something to do with militias once, but it doesn't today. What militias might one be thinking of?
Then why did they put in the opening restrictive clause, which makes the amendment incomprehensible?
So you're saying the authors of the amendment wanted to make sure that every single person, including crazy nuts and enemies of the United States, should have the right to be armed to the teeth.
I will grant that in 1791 there was no anticipation that groups as fanatic as al-Qaeda would come into being.
But they did know about slaves. Since a slave was three-fifths of a person, according to the Constitution at that time, five slaves would equal three people, who therefore would have the right to be armed.
The amendment is one single sentence. The introductory clause is a part of that sentence which was put there for a reason.
I assume the word "People" means "nation" in the context of the amendment.
The Second Amendment begins with the words, “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State...” In what way does the right of individuals to bear arms have anything to do with a militia, or with its being well regulated? The Second Amendment must have meant something in 1791, when it was passed, but today it is gibberish.
New York City has the lowest crime rate of all the major cities in the United States. One of the reasons is that New York State has strict gun-control laws. On the other hand, Columbine, Virginia Tech, Fort Hood, Huntsville--and most recently, Tucson--were places where tragedies occurred because of inadequate gun control.