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To: Enterprise
I always read it...and I was taught this way in 8th grade CALIFORNIA STATE REQUIRED test on the Consitution...that BECAUSE the state required a 'well regulated militia', THE PEOPLE had the 'right to bear arms' to KEEP the state & it's militia in line.

IOW, it was an idividual right to protect 'the people' FROM the state & it's 'militia'.

How times have changed in 45 or so years
37 posted on 03/13/2004 2:20:28 PM PST by ApplegateRanch (The world needs more horses, and fewer Jackasses!)
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To: ApplegateRanch
I agree, of course. It just seems it would have saved a lot of debate had it been worded something like this:

1. A well regulated Militia is necessary to the security of a free State.

2. The right of the people to keep and bear Arms shall not be infringed.

41 posted on 03/13/2004 3:03:52 PM PST by Enterprise ("Do you know who I am?")
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