What well regulated militia?

In The Bulletin on Feb. 12, William Logan offered his interpretation of the relationship between an individual’s gun ownership and the Second Amendment. If my understanding of history serves me correctly, prior to our war for independence, there was no “well regulated militia” (nor, arguably, were we a “free state”). Currently we have an Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, National Guard, and various other federal, state, county and local “well regulated” ersatz militia with responsibilities for our security.

The evidence that I was expecting from Logan, evidence that must satisfy the condition of the Second Amendment, is: With what well regulated militia is he associated, and what are a few examples of their regulations with which he has agreed to abide? Perhaps the Second Amendment doesn’t need amending — just enforcement.

Ron Knapp


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