Jake says at 10:25: “At that time, colonial America, the phrase ‘well regulated’ meant ‘well functioning.’ … ‘Well regulated militia’ is a militia that functions effectively. … The founders knew that for a body of people to remain free they needed to have an armed militia.”
Jake quotes founding father, Richard Henry Lee:
“A militia, when properly formed, are in fact the people themselves, and render regular troops in a great measure unnecessary. …to preserve liberty, it is essential that the whole body of the people always possess arms, and be taught alike, especially when young, how to use them.” [Additional Letters From The Federal Farmer, 169 (1788)]
Jake quotes words from the chief architect of the Constitution, James Madison, which is actually put together from these two quotes:
“(The Constitution preserves) the advantage of being armed which Americans possess over the people of almost every other nation… (where) the governments are afraid to trust the people with arms.” [The Federalist, No. 46]
“The right of the people to keep and bear… arms shall not be infringed. A well regulated militia, composed of the body of the people, trained to arms, is the best and most natural defense of a free country….” [I Annals of Congress 434, June 8, 1789]
From the video’s comments
The NRA, Fox News, Ted Nugent and others don’t tell the real reason for the 2nd Amendment, so most people don’t understand the purpose for high capacity magazines. It’s not about hunting, but is a deterrence for government to know they cannot become tyrannical.
I mentioned this to Ted Nugent when he was at the Alaska State Fair. He told me: “that’s the only reason, period” — but that’s still not how he talks in public. A few hours later, I watched Ted on stage, turn around and swing his butt at us, wagging an attached foxtail.
Jake is asked in a comment:
Jake, I’m a Christian and I believe in the 2nd amendment but can you please show me where in the bible it says we have the right to have a gun ?
Considering the Bible was written thousands of years before the invention of guns, you and I both know that the Bible doesn’t have a passage that discusses gun rights.
The Second Amendment does not specify the right to have guns anyway. It references the right to “bear arms”.
The word “arms” originated from the Old French word “armes” and was adopted into Middle English. The definition of the word meant “weapons of a warrior.”
So, while there is no mention of “guns” in the Bible, there is ample reference to various arms. One example is Luke 22:36 where Jesus tells his disciples, “if you don’t have a sword, sell your cloak and buy one”. And with reference to the general principle of having the right to defend one’s own property by force, Exodus 22:2 says: “If a thief is caught breaking in at night and is struck a fatal blow, the defender is not guilty of bloodshed”.
The principle of the innate right to self-defense is well established jurisprudence that has been consistent for thousands of years. The right of defense of one’s own life, property and the lives/property of others through the use of force includes the right to possess the means to carry out that self-defense. As property ownership is a God-given (or natural) right, the ownership of arms to defend one’s property is an attendant inalienable right.
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Continue reading “(vid) Jake: How to Talk to People About Preserving Gun Rights – The real meaning of the 2nd Amendment – Henry Lee: "A militia… are in fact the people themselves. …to preserve liberty, it is essential that the whole body of the people always possess arms." • Madison: "(The Constitution preserves) the advantage of being armed which Americans possess over the people of almost every other nation… (where) the governments are afraid to trust the people with arms. … A well regulated militia, composed of the body of the people…" • 'Well regulated' meant 'well functioning.'”