I continue to be shocked at the staggering lack of logic I find within my required college reading material. If I somehow make it out of this unscathed it will be a miracle. I keep finding myself screaming at my computer monitor as a read completely biased material coming out of REQUIRED and TESTABLE textbooks. Take at look at this:
"Or consider the Second Amendment, which states: "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." The anti-Federalists who sought to include this amendment considered it to be crucial to the integrity of state sovereignty. It is not clear that they thought that the people necessarily had the right to purchase or possess guns. Rather, an amendment that applies to the national government means that the national government cannot interfere with the right of the people to bear arms as members of their state's militia, which is effectively the state's army. In other words, the Second Amendment, as it applies to the national government, means that the national government cannot disarm the states. This idea cuts to the core of state sovereignty, a key element of which is an army. But this was also critical for another reason. Recall that the Virginia Plan would have allowed the national government to use military force against noncompliant states. When states can maintain their own respective armies, it becomes much more difficult for the national government to do so." (Levin-Waldman, 2012)
Who does this author believe was in the militia? The people! Farmers, carpenters and able bodied men within a community were part of the militia. Where did they get their weapons from? Were they issued to them? In many cases these weapons were their own personal firearms.
Even if we take this author's argument at face value, that only the militia is authorized the right to keep and bear arms, which has been shot down in the courts, but let's forget that for a second... Even if we believe this non-sense, if the militia consists of the people, the everyday citizen, then giving the militia the right to keep and bear arms would be giving the people the right to keep and bear arms, would it not?
Levin-Waldman, O. M. (2012). American government. San Diego, CA: Bridgepoint Education, Inc.