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Old 09-04-2019, 12:50 PM
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Originally Posted by ElvisL1ves View Post
You can believe whatever you like. But the thread topic is about what the convention delegates meant - and they were pretty clear about it.
He is correct. The original wording of the 2nd was simply to protect the rights to bear arms. However, the anti-standing army group insisted on adding the militia clause.

The militia clause isnt there to limit the rights of individuals to bears arms it's to limit the Federal governments right to a standing army by allowing the states to have militias.

Now of course since every man was in the militia, the assumption was that they'd use those guns also in the militia.