Guns in the USA

By Johny Jagannath

Here's what the US constitution says about guns [arms] and their purpose or intent in a free state:
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.

My two cents: The English Oxford Dictionary defines, 'bear arms' as 'to serve as a soldier, do military service, fight'. In the context of the constitution, 'bear arms' refers to, 'fight'. 

Therefore guns [arms] in the USA were meant for the militia and not for the general public. Perhaps, the US must maintain militia storage facilities [in each county?] where only the members of the militia have access to guns [arms of any kind]. I think it's a blatant misuse of the constitution to give away guns [arms] to each and every citizen at will. Only cops [law enforcement] should carry them at will, and of course the militia as well, but only when the militia is called upon to act. I think that a "well regulated militia" must have an elected leader, a proper list of members and the weapons they are entitled to. And most importantly a "well regulated militia" must have a solid criterion to determine when there is a need for their services. You don't just willy nilly hand guns [arms] away to any two dollar schmuck who wants one.


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