"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."
- Second Amendment
to the U.S. Constitution
There is a lot of debate as to the meaning of the second amendment, and most of it is just silly. Here are some very important points to keep in mind if you find yourself trying to understand the meaning of this amendment.
Point number 1: The constitution does not GRANT/GIVE you the right to keep and bear arms. The right to keep and bear arms is simply recognized as a pre-existing right and within this amendment is written the guarantee that the laws of the land shall not infringe upon your pre-existing right to keep and bear arms.
Point number 2: Do you you see where it says "the people" within the 2nd amendment? A lot of presumably intelligent people fail to see that, or just simply choose not to see it. The entire constitution of the U.S. goes on and on about "The People". Once the "Declaration of Independence" made it clear that those of us who live here are officially separated from the rule of the King of England, the whole purpose of the constitution of the United States was to establish that the government was to be "of The People", "by The People" and "for The People". The context of the entire constitution is all about "The People!", "The People!", "The People!". The United States constitution is NOT about "The Government, The Government, The Government!). If you have any amount if intelligence at all, it will be clear to you that the 2nd amendment to the constitution of the US is talking about YOUR right to keep and bear arms and not the government's right to keep and bear arms. The government doesn't have the right to keep and bear arms except for the fact that the government is made of of citizens of the United States who work for the government and it is they who have the right to keep and bear arms.
Point number 3: Just because the US constitution recognizes your right to keep and bear arms today, doesn't mean that it will continue to recognize your right tomorrow. Even now, there are countless states and individual localities that blatantly infringe upon your right to keep and bear arms, and words can not describe how ferocious are the well funded enemies of freedom within the United States who seek to ban all guns (from private citizens only) and delete the second amendment entirely. You must TAKE ACTION to defend your rights against those Senators, Congressmen and other lawmakers who are the enemies of freedom! Joining the NRA would be a very good start.