Celebrating All The Bad Ideas in American History, Politics and Economics
[Editor’s note: There are innumerable writings about how great
America is and what wonderful
things have been done in this nation.
This is one of an irregular series whose topics are all of the things America has
Constitution is a wonderful document,
a great call to freedom and equality, but that doesn’t mean all of it is
acceptable. Here is one of the worst
parts, the 2nd Amendment. U. S.
A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a
, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms,
shall not be infringed. free
Now the quarrel with the 2nd Amendment here is not about the right to have guns. In
right is so embedded in the national psyche that it would be impossible to
eradicate. It would be nice if guns were
much better regulated, like getting them out of the hands of crazy people and
getting automatic weapons out of everyone’s hands, but that is not the subject
No what the issue here is the language of the 2nd Amendment. It is gibberish. It is meaningless. No one knows what a ‘well regulated Militia” is or is supposed to be. How did the Founding Fathers want Militias to be regulated? And does the right to keep and bear arms relate to a Militia or is it just a right in general. And what exactly is a Militia? And does the term "free State" refers to the individual states or the nation as a whole?
In short, Madison and Monroe and all those other great men really blew this one. If they wanted states to have armies, they should have said so. If they wanted private citizens to have an unlimited and unregulated access to every gun type imaginable, they should have said so. Instead they left the nation with an unintelligible mess. And the result, automatic assault weapons litter the nation and we all have to endure the NRA.
The 2nd Amendment – Another chapter in the Annals of Idiocy in