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Congress shall make no law infringing on the risk of being shot.
I think this is truer to the reality today than the archaic
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.
It is true that the result of a shooting is temporarily increased security, as in more visible law-enforcement personnel and more scrutiny at public places.  But that is a different "security" than the archaic text of the Second Amendment.

Further, the arms in question in the "keep and bear arms" are firearms; not drones or tanks or landmines or grenades.  Everyone apparently is in favor of laws that would reduce the risk of being blown to bits. So much so that some of the other Amendments are willingly sacrificed to government agencies like the NSA.  It is only the bullet wound that is sacrosanct.  

I have a suspicion that the "stand your ground" laws that many states have enacted can effectively be invoked only in defense of a shooter, and not for the user of any other kind of weapon.  

We all know that the "well regulated militia" part of the Amendment is rather meaningless.  A well regulated militia would have their names in a database somewhere, and that is simply not permissible.

Therefore, I move that the Second Amendment be reworded to reflect its true meaning.

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  •  In the Washington State constitution, it's (5+ / 0-)
    SECTION 24 RIGHT TO BEAR ARMS. The right of the individual citizen to bear arms in defense of himself, or the state, shall not be impaired, but nothing in this section shall be construed as authorizing individuals or corporations to organize, maintain or employ an armed body of men.
    The verbiage is about a hundred years more up to date than the federal version.

    Reasonable suspicion? How can being wrong 98.6% of the time ever be reasonable?

    by happymisanthropy on Tue Sep 17, 2013 at 07:28:19 PM PDT

    •  Arizona's is identical and provides for greater (7+ / 0-)

      autonomy over firearms and their use than the Federal Constitution does.  Being a 100 years newer, at least, adds even more legitimacy to it imo.......    Just section 26 of our BoR instead of 24.....

      Interestingly enough, to me at least, a corporation like Xe couldn't get a foothold in either of our states due to the constitutional prohibition on private armies......

      26. Bearing arms

      Section 26. The right of the individual citizen to bear arms in defense of himself or the state shall not be impaired, but nothing in this section shall be construed as authorizing individuals or corporations to organize, maintain, or employ an armed body of men.

      Vaya con Dios Don Alejo
      I want to die a slave to principles. Not to men.
      Emiliano Zapata

      by buddabelly on Tue Sep 17, 2013 at 07:58:21 PM PDT

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      •  Utah's wording is very simple (1+ / 0-)
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        Utah:  The individual right of the people to keep and bear arms for security and defense of self, family, others, property, or the state, as well as for other lawful purposes shall not be infringed; but nothing herein shall prevent the legislature from defining the lawful use of arms.  Art. I, § 6 (enacted 1984).
              1896:  "The people have the right to bear arms for their security and defense, but the legislature may regulate the exercise of this right by law."

        [Self-defense right explicitly protected.]

        The state legislature is in charge. The LDS church doesn't have it's own army so I doubt anyone else could either.

        And daddy won't you take me back to Muhlenberg County Down by the Green River where Paradise lay. Well, I'm sorry my son, but you're too late in asking Mister Peabody's coal train has hauled it away. John Prine

        by high uintas on Tue Sep 17, 2013 at 10:02:24 PM PDT

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      •  Frankly, Xe scares the hell out of me (2+ / 0-)
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        I have a buddy who is a mercenary.  No kidding...he is a 'security contractor' or some crap like that.  He's also a right-wing zealot (our friendship predates his descent into nutbaggery by a couple decades).  If the rest of the mercenary demographic thinks like he does, we need to ensure those people never gain a foothold anywhere.

        "First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win". Mohandas K. Gandhi

        by DaveinBremerton on Tue Sep 17, 2013 at 10:11:03 PM PDT

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  •  I call it the hog wild version. (1+ / 0-)
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    The right of the people bear to bear arms shall not be infringed.
    Free of any decorative wording.
  •  Articles of Confederation meaning "Well Regulated" (4+ / 0-)

    This where the definition is to be found:

    Article 6.
    Only the central government is allowed to conduct foreign political or commercial relations and to declare war. No state or official may accept foreign gifts or titles, and granting any title of nobility is forbidden to all. States are restrained from forming sub-national groups. No state may tax or interfere with treaty stipulations already proposed. No state may engage in war, without permission of Congress, unless invaded or that is imminent on the frontier; no state may maintain a peace-time standing army or navy, unless infested by pirates, but every State is required to keep ready, a well-regulated (meaning well trained), disciplined, and equipped militia, with sufficient public stores of a due number of field pieces, tents, a proper quantity of arms, ammunition and camp equipage.
    The NRA has totally twisted the 2nd Amendment to protect the right to sell arms. A citizen's life, a child's life means nothing to the NRA
    •  The Articles of Confederation (0+ / 0-)

      Article IV

      No State, without the consent of the United States in Congress assembled, shall send any embassy to, or receive any embassy from, or enter into any conference, agreement, alliance or treaty with any King, Prince or State; nor shall any person holding any office of profit or trust under the United States, or any of them, accept any present, emolument, office or title of any kind whatever from any King, Prince or foreign State; nor shall the United States in Congress assembled, or any of them, grant any title of nobility.

      No two or more States shall enter into any treaty, confederation or alliance whatever between them, without the consent of the United States in Congress assembled, specifying accurately the purposes for which the same is to be entered into, and how long it shall continue.

      No State shall lay any imposts or duties, which may interfere with any stipulations in treaties, entered into by the United States in Congress assembled, with any King, Prince or State, in pursuance of any treaties already proposed by Congress, to the courts of France and Spain.

      No vessel of war shall be kept up in time of peace by any State, except such number only, as shall be deemed necessary by the United States in Congress assembled, for the defense of such State, or its trade; nor shall any body of forces be kept up by any State in time of peace, except such number only, as in the judgement of the United States in Congress assembled, shall be deemed requisite to garrison the forts necessary for the defense of such State; but every State shall always keep up a well-regulated and disciplined militia, sufficiently armed and accoutered, and shall provide and constantly have ready for use, in public stores, a due number of filed pieces and tents, and a proper quantity of arms, ammunition and camp equipage.

      No State shall engage in any war without the consent of the United States in Congress assembled, unless such State be actually invaded by enemies, or shall have received certain advice of a resolution being formed by some nation of Indians to invade such State, and the danger is so imminent as not to admit of a delay till the United States in Congress assembled can be consulted; nor shall any State grant commissions to any ships or vessels of war, nor letters of marque or reprisal, except it be after a declaration of war by the United States in Congress assembled, and then only against the Kingdom or State and the subjects thereof, against which war has been so declared, and under such regulations as shall be established by the United States in Congress assembled, unless such State be infested by pirates, in which case vessels of war may be fitted out for that occasion, and kept so long as the danger shall continue, or until the United States in Congress assembled shall determine otherwise.

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      The wording of the first part of the 2nd refers to the need for a well regulated militia for the security of a free state. It's the part that everyone likes to parse to death. "The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed" helps to make that first part possible. It isn't contingent upon it.

      And daddy won't you take me back to Muhlenberg County Down by the Green River where Paradise lay. Well, I'm sorry my son, but you're too late in asking Mister Peabody's coal train has hauled it away. John Prine

      by high uintas on Tue Sep 17, 2013 at 09:57:01 PM PDT

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  •  A well regulated militia... (1+ / 0-)
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    ...would have a 400-cycle generator and an AC-DC power converter.

    But way back when, I believe "well-regulated" meant "trained and equipped" rather than "documented by the NSA".

    The gun owner in me thinks SYG laws were about the stupidest things the gun owning community could support.  I see no shame in avoiding a confrontation, and absent an escape route, no lack of an SYG law is going to make any damn difference.

    "First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win". Mohandas K. Gandhi

    by DaveinBremerton on Tue Sep 17, 2013 at 10:04:00 PM PDT

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