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Old 09-09-2019, 01:57 PM
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Originally Posted by bump View Post
What it means is that most of the arguments that the militia = National Guard aren't quite that easy, as the militia is defined more broadly than that.
Specifically, it's defined as two types: the "real" one (the Guard) and the imaginary one (the unorganized thing).

And as the 2nd Amendment is written, the whole 'well regulated' part is more of a preamble than a condition- it defines why the right to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed, not that it's a necessary condition for the right to keep and bear arms to remain uninfringed.
And the standard response to that common claim is that, if they didn't intend it to guide the understanding of its meaning, why did they even put it in?