(New York Daily News) -- Once again, gun rights advocates have invoked the Second Amendment to block common-sense legislation designed to curb gun violence. But those who constantly appeal to that sentence in the Constitution as an obstacle to reasonable gun regulation are ignorant about the Founders’ own views about gun regulation.
Any honest historian of the early Republic will tell you that lax gun laws are not in fact pro-Second Amendment; they are anti-Second Amendment.
Let’s start with the actual text of the amendment: “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”
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Although much has been said about the beginning and end of the text — with gun control advocates focusing on the “well regulated militia” and gun rights advocates leaning on the “right of the people to keep and bear Arms” — hardly anyone ever talks about the part of the amendment that speaks about promoting the security of a free state.