The Second Amendment

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 Fifth Amendment

No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.

The Second Amendment is NOT an Individual Right. The Fifth is.

I realize that most people reading this won't believe it. Not at first. For as long as I've lived it seems there has been a mantra of an "individual right" in the second. But was this originally true? And if the founding fathers did not originally intend it to be an individual right can there be any chance it is true now?

Read what they wrote - they chose their words very carefully - and notice they chose "person" in one case and "people" in the other. One is plural the other is not. And this difference comes after they're already mentioned the "Militia" which should be "well regulated".

The "Militia" is also mentioned in the fifth amendment. The usage makes it very clear that the bearing of arms is for the event of war or "public danger".

It is not for self-defense.

Please do not be angry. If you are feeling angry, please try to understand why and then how not to be. Getting angry and being proud of a weapon is dangerous to everyone around you. Thanks for trying.

I understand some people will somehow disagree with me. I say, they are disagreeing with the simple facts. We've been brainwashed before - WMD anyone? Very few escaped that drumbeat. I did not. But on this issue - bearing arms as an individual right - I'm calling BS.


JC Schuster
Washington, DC
March 24, 2018