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Old 08-30-2019, 12:28 PM
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Originally Posted by tomndebb View Post
OK. Not ignored, just hand-waved away with odd interpretation of grammar.
It is not an odd interpretation of grammar. It was a relatively common way of expressing an idea when the constitution was written.
For example: The Constitution of Massachusetts, written in 1784 "The freedom of deliberation, speech, and debate, in either house of the legislature, is so essential to the rights of the people, that it cannot be the foundation of any accusation or prosecution, action or complaint, in any other court or place whatsoever"
In the second amendment the first clause gives the reason and the second gives the rule. Well regulated obviously refers to the militia and not the weapons themselves.

Today it would be written, Because a properly functioning militia is necessary for a free country, the right to keep and bear weapons shall not be infringed.

Who does it apply to? This was answered explicitly by George Mason: "Who are the militia? They consist now of the whole people, except a few public officers."