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The Second Amendment...
A short, but important history lesson... 

The Founding Fathers were very specific on WHO and WHAT the Militia, referenced in the Second 
Amendment was. The miscreants and zealots who argue that the militia is meant to mean only the
 National Guard are idiots. For, if they studied a little history, they would find that there was no 
National Guard when  the Constitution was  adopted on Sept. 17, 1787, and ratified in 1789.

The U.S. Supreme Court  has in all cases dealing with  the Second Amendment, affirmed the rights
 of  individuals to keep and  bear their private arms.

"Well regulated", had a completely different meaning 200+ years ago than it does today. When the 2nd Amendment was drafted, "well regulated", meant well equipped and armed. NOT regulated by a command structure, as the Military is today.
Under the laws of the United States during the first century of its existence, able bodied males, age 16 to 60, were not only permitted, but REQUIRED to possess military type arms (that would be, the assault weapons of the day).
The same Congress that wrote the Bill of Rights enacted the Militia Act of 1790 (adopted 1792), which clearly states:
"The militia of the United States consists of all able-bodied males at least 18 years of age... The classes of  the militia are (1) the organized militia, which consists of the National Guard... and, (2) the unorganized militia, which consists of members of the militia who are not members of the National Guard (everyone else in the Country over the age of 18, The “People”)."
The National Guard, which did not effectively exist for the first 100 years of this county's history, was specifically created under Congress's power to "raise and support armies", and not under its power to "provide for organizing, arming and disciplining the militia." 
Why? Because an army can be sent abroad, while the militia can be used only to protect the homeland against invaders and internal tyranny. Furthermore, the Second Amendment could not refer to the arms of the National Guard, since the Guard's weapons are owned by the Federal and State Governments, not by the individuals serving in the Guard. Only the “unorganized militia,” THE PEOPLE kept their own arms for the defense of the Nation. 
The Founding Fathers...
"Firearms stand next in importance to the Constitution itself. They are the American people's liberty teeth and keystone under independence."   ~ George Washington ~
"A militia when properly formed are in fact the people themselves... and include all men capable of bearing arms. To preserve liberty it is essential that the whole body of people always possess arms..."   ~ Richard Henry Lee, 1788 ~
"I ask sir, what is the militia?  It is the whole people... To disarm the people is the best and most effectual way to enslave them."  ~ George Mason, 1788 ~
"The Constitution shall never be construed to prevent the people of the United States who are peaceable citizens from keeping their own arms."   ~ Samuel Adams, 1788 ~
“Who are the militia? Are they not ourselves? Is it feared, then, that we shall turn our arms each man against his own bosom. Congress have no power to disarm the militia. Their swords, and every other terrible implement of the soldier, are the birthright of an American...The unlimited power of the sword is not in the hands of either the federal or state governments, but, where I trust in God it will ever remain, in the hands of the people.”   
~ Tenche Coxe, The Pennsylvania Gazette, Feb. 20, 1788 ~

“Whereas, 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; nor does it follow from this, that all promiscuously must go into actual service on every occasion. The mind that aims at a select militia, must be influenced by a truly anti-republican principle; and when we see many men disposed to practice upon it, whenever they can prevail, no wonder true republicans are for carefully guarding against it. Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect every one who approaches that jewel. Unfortunately, nothing will preserve it but downright force. Whenever you give up that force, you are ruined.”          ~ Richard Henry Lee, The Pennsylvania Gazette, Feb. 20, 1788 ~

"Are we at last brought to such humiliating and debasing degradation, that we cannot be trusted with arms for our defense? Where is the difference between having our arms in possession and under our direction and having them under the management of Congress? If our defense be the real object of having those arms, in whose hands can they be trusted with more propriety, or equal safety to us, as in our own hands?"   ~ Patrick Henry ~http://yarchive.net/gun/politics/regulate.htmlhttp://www.constitution.org/mil/mil_act_1792.htmshapeimage_21_link_0shapeimage_21_link_1
The Second Amendment...
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