They’re Kidding, Right? Official Senate Web Page Trashes 2nd Amendment In Novel Interpretation

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The host website is www.senate.gov, the official Web presence for the U.S. Senate. If you visit the page and click on the “Reference” tab in the top right-hand corner, you’re taken to a second page that links to a number of jumping-off points for learning about the Nation’s founding documents.

One of those links connects you with a full text copy of the U.S. Constitution, which is presented, in columnar form, alongside an “Explanation” commentary that purports to offer insight on the meaning of each Article and Section, as well as each amendment. Here’s a direct link.

Remember, this is hosted on an official publication of the U.S. Senate, with all the probity that implies.

So scroll down to the “Amendments” section (or simply click on the “Amendments” link at the top of the page to jump directly to the Bill of Rights.

There it is: “Amendment II (1791).” By heart, you know what it says. So what does the Senate’s “explanation” have to say?

“Whether this provision protects the individual’s right to own firearms or whether it deals only with the collective right of the people to arm and maintain a militia has long been debated.”

Makes you want to read through the entire “explanation” column, to see what else the Senate wishes to tell Americans about how government reinterprets its own charter, does it not?

You don’t have to read very far. The very next “explanation,” for the 3rd Amendment, glibly calls the amendment “virtually obsolete” and insinuates it had only transitory value because it arose out of a specific set of circumstances. Does that mean it doesn’t function in 2013, like the rest of the Bill of Rights, in “extending the ground of public confidence in the Government,” as the preamble states?

Perhaps it does to the U.S. Senate — or to whoever has been designated to reimagine the Constitution on its behalf.

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Ben Bullard

Reconciling the concept of individual sovereignty with conscientious participation in the modern American political process is a continuing preoccupation for staff writer Ben Bullard. A former community newspaper writer, Bullard has closely observed the manner in which well-meaning small-town politicians and policy makers often accept, unthinkingly, their increasingly marginal role in shaping the quality of their own lives, as well as those of the people whom they serve. He argues that American public policy is plagued by inscrutable and corrupt motives on a national scale, a fundamental problem which individuals, families and communities must strive to solve. This, he argues, can be achieved only as Americans rediscover the principal role each citizen plays in enriching the welfare of our Republic.

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  • Alex

    WELL-REGULATED

    • TNS

      Not sure if trolling or genuinely ignorant.
      Well regulated at the time meant ” in working order” and by saying well regulated militia it means properly functioning militia.

      • Ted Crawford

        And ” Militia” ment every able bodied man and even the occassional woman!

        • ChiefBoring

          Go Molly Pitcher!

      • Ringgo1

        I vote for genuinely ignorant…

      • independent thinker

        Alex has proven over and over to be a willfully ignorant troll.

    • John Douglas

      Your ‘WELL-REGULATED’ implies that you believe the 2nd Amendment
      is not a right but a privilege to be regulated at the whim of Government, why is the 2nd Amendment found the Bill of Rights and not a ‘Bill of Privileges’?

      • ChiefBoring

        “Well regulated” in the context of the Second Amendment means “well trained”.

    • Gib74

      Like my bowels?

      About the same as the other stuff in washington…

    • Vigilant

      “The Second Amendment protects an individual right to possess a firearm unconnected with service in a militia, and to use that arm for traditionally lawful purposes, such as self-defense within the home.” (District of Columbia v. Heller)

      To which part of that Supreme Court ruling did you develop a terminal case of dumbass? The lingua franca is English, and I find nothing confusing about Justice Scalia’s statement. Do You?

    • http://batman-news.com samurai

      Ah,yess. A libturd log has been thrown onto the fire and its name is Alex. It seems that you do not understand our God-given rights as are written in the 2nd Amendment of the Constitution. But alas! We didn’t expect you to. Fortunately, Sook Young and I always keep our weapons within arms reach. Here are some articles dealing with the 2nd Amendment.
      http://www.lastresistance.com/3264/obama-gun-violence-shock-obsess-us-gun-control/
      http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2013/09/24/Marylanders-Buying-1-000-Guns-A-DAy
      Here is one about your girlfriend Nancy Pelosi. It seems she cannot get the Constitution and Declaration of Independence right.
      http://www.politicaloutcast.com/2013/09/pelosi-confuses-constitution-declaration-independence/
      FOR GOD AND COUNTRY! 하나님하고 나라를 위해서!
      You need both love of country and faith in GOD to be a patriot. This leave you out.
      “Pardon, we beseech Thee, all our offenses of omission and commission; and grant that in our thoughts, words, and actions, we may conform to Thy own will manifested in our consciences and in the revelations of Jesus Christ, our Savior.”
      Timothy Pickering
      Revolutionary General
      Judge
      Ratifier of the Constitution
      Postmaster General
      Secretary of War
      Secretary of State
      Devout Christian

  • Ness

    That is only a liberal interpretation of the amendment, which doesn’t make it right.

  • marlio

    Thats not a very wise thing to do in view of the fact, that 80 percent of americans believe they have a right to bear firearms as guaranteed to us by the Constitutional of the United States, with the Second Admentment. We also have the right to life, liberty and the persuit of happiness granted to us by God not man, and most certainly NOT the GOVERNMENT!!!

    • John Douglas

      They don’t give a rip what their constituents think or want EXCEPT during elections, where they depend on our collective short memories.

  • Steve Harper

    Keep your ammo close at hand because we might have need for it sooner the we thought

    • John Douglas

      Probably with disastrous results but look at this disaster that has resulted in relying on the peaceful (and rigged) system

      • Gib74

        Time to raise the purple fingers high.

        • John Douglas

          That would help prevent ballot stuffing, we also need verifiable voter photo ID (NOT drivers licenses-some states are issuing those to illegal invaders…OOPS! sorry – UNDOCUMENTED WORKERS) and some way of rendering voting machines tamper proof.

          • CJM2

            As long as soros controls those machines, that isn’t going to happen any time soon. He claims he had nothing to do with the voting machines (which are from Spain) because he “doesn’t own the corporation.” That’s just hogwash since he owns about 75% of the stock—last I heard, the major stockholder has the greatest number of corporate votes and since they all have “shares,” they are the owners of said corporation.

          • John Douglas

            Doesn’t matter how much stock he owns, if he’s involved you know it’s corrupt!

          • IsThisAmerica

            You got illegal invaders right the first time.

  • hardh8

    Steve Harper, Ammo won’t work unless we’re organized. No matter how many guns and ammo and ONE person/family have. They will be murdered by the government. Plain and simple. ORGANIZE ORGANIZE ORGANIZE.

  • hardh8

    We need to have mentally ill people WELL REGULATED, alex.

    • Ted Crawford

      We’ve been trying, but the Progressives are determined to put them into the House, the Senate and, given the current occupant, the White House! No matter how many time they have to vote or how many dead are needed to be resurrected!

    • John Douglas

      They are the ones doing the regulating.

      • IsThisAmerica

        Ever since back in the 70’s when the mental hospitals closed down and released all that poison on the country. We the people are paying the price now.

  • John Douglas

    Our Senators at ‘work’, standing firm on their non-position(s)

  • HueyDude1

    This was actually on the Senate website in 2009 by a liberal staffer, and it has taken this long for it to be noticed. Also, don’t forget the textbook on 2008 that stated the “Second Amendment” as, “the people have the right to keep and bear arms in a state militia.” Of course, we all know this is a bunch of hog-wash. After the textbook printing, yet before the wording on the Senate website, SCOTUS ruled that, “The Second Amendment protects an individual right to possess a firearm unconnected with service in a militia, and to use that arm for traditionally lawful purposes, such as self-defense.” There was another, almost duplicate, ruling made on the same subject.The Second Amendment states, “the right of the people.” The begining of the Pre-amble states, “We the people.” The Third, Fourth, Ninth, and Tenth Amendments all state, “the people.” Does this only pertain to a certain few, such as the militia? Of course not, the people consists of the people!

    • John Douglas

      The Senate is ignoring the SCOTUS holding and rule (Scalia) made in 2008!

    • IsThisAmerica

      Throw facts at them and confuse them.

  • Ted Crawford

    This issue is perhaps the best and easiest way to demonstrate the terrible degree of devastation the Progressive ideology has created in the once proud Democrat Party, since they murdered our last Liberal Democrat President, John Kennedy!
    Here are his thoughts on the Second Amendment:
    ” By calling attention to a well regulated Militia, the security of the Nation, and the right of each Citizen to keep and bear arms, our Founders recognized the essentially Civilian nature of our Economy. The Second Amendment still remains an important declaration of our basis Civilian-Military relationship, in which every Citizen must be ready to participate in the defense of his Country. For that reason the Second Amendment will always be important.” John Kennedy
    Contrast that to Bidens “Gun bans are an idea who’s time has come!” or Obama’s idea, patterened after one of his mentors; ” A system of licensing and registration is the perfect device to deny gun ownership to the Bourgeoisie” Lenin! Of course, from his point of view it’s sound, given the reasonings of another Obama favorite; ” All political power comes from the barrel of a gun! The Communist Party must command all the guns” Mao Zedong

    • John Douglas

      I find it difficult to accept how far and fast we’ve descended into Socialism

  • Gib74

    No way! No how!
    If they try to change that, chance are pretty good they’ll find out why the Second was included in the Constitution.

  • rivahmitch

    Of course, this is deliberate and just a glimpse of what’s to come if “progressives” have their way… All “rights” are will be “communal” with individual rights extinguished as the Constitution is destroyed (as Jefferson predicted) “by construction”. The way these totalitarians are driving things, I suspect that many of us who own firearms will wind up dead. my hope is that we can take enough of their gestapo thugs with us to retain some semblance of the freedoms for (which our forebearers died) for our posterity. Those who are unwilling to kill and die for their rights will surely and deservedly lose them. Semper Fi!

  • CJM2

    It appears that the current senate is hopeful of abusing the Second Amendment by disarming the general public. I say general public because what criminal is going to give up his/her weapon? Furthermore, the Second Amendment has never been a “debatable issue” until ovomit illegally obtained the Presidency. Who do they think they are kidding? And speaking of making erroneous statements, what about the ovomit administration making changes in the Presidential Journals where prior Presidents reflect their accomplishments when in office? If we ever get this b*****d out of office and a decent President in the Oval Office, will they clean up that mess? I surely hope so.

    • John Douglas

      I also hope but fear the worst.

  • spacegasp

    Rucka Fockefeller.

  • wandamurline

    The second Amendment gives us the right to own guns without infringement and the right to assemble a militia to take out a corrupt government…you know like we now have. People, we must rid ourselves of these commies, otherwise, we will have another revolution in this country….they are King George right now.

    • John Douglas

      “they are King George right now.”
      Which, unfortunately, precludes a peaceful solution

    • HappyClinger

      No, the 2nd Amendment does not give us any rights, nor does any other piece of paper. It protects our rights, that we have by virtue of our existence, from government tyranny. If it is enforced, that is. Here is a breakdown:
      A well-regulated (well-trained) militia (group of citizens ready to be called up at a moment’s notice), being necessary to the security of a free state (in order to maintain our freedom and protect our towns/communities/neighborhoods, we have to be able to fight off would-be tyrants and that requires being trained as soldiers), the right of the people to keep and bear arms (notice it does not say anything about giving people the right; it takes for grantedm and does not question, the fact that we already have the right) shall not be infringed (curtailed, interfered with, restricted, negatively affected).
      As a matter of fact, it was a requirement for all men years ago to be trained in civil service – ie attend militia training camps.
      The Constitution is law. Because the Constitution was ratified (accepted) by the states, and because of that little statement about “powers not granted herein,” the states are bound by the Constitution as well as the federal government. The Bill of Rights applies to the states as well; they cannot infringe on our rights, prohibit us from assembling, detain us without due process, etc.
      One more fact about the Constitution: It is an agreement BETWEEN THE STATES (Article VII). Think really hard about that.

      • B

        BOOM!!! You rock Happy!!! :)

      • John Douglas

        Copyright © 1991 by the Howard University School of Law; Thomas M. Moncure, Jr.

        “The Second Amendment ain’t about hunting.” [1] The current debate concerning whether a particular gun is better suited for a hunting or sporting purpose completely misses the aim of the second amendment. The second amendment recognized a common law and natural law right, taken for granted as inalienable, to keep and bear arms. Additionally, the second amendment was directed at maintaining an armed citizenry for mutual defense, and perhaps most significantly, to protect against the tyranny of our own government. [2]

        http://www.saf.org/LawReviews/Moncure1.html

        • ChiefBoring

          Howard University? In Washingto, D.C.? Will wonders neve cease!

      • ChiefBoring

        Well, and correctly, said! Study, learn, VOTE! And teach your children the true history of this country!

      • IsThisAmerica

        Only liberals have to think hard on that because they can’t see beyond themselves. They think our laws are out of date and need to be changed to fit THEM, because don’t you know they know bettter than us. Blech.

      • Vis Fac

        “we have to be able to fight off would-be tyrants and that requires being trained as soldiers”
        Yet any organized private militia is labeled a terrorist group then swiftly raided by police and DHS.
        One other note as there are virtually millions of armed veterans we seemingly have a vast pool to form a few groups of militia.

        Libertas inaestimabilis res est
        Semper-Fi

      • wandamurline

        Actually, the rights are granted from our creator…if you want to nick pick. What you just stated is what I said. Also we have the right and the duty to remove a corrupt government. These are set out in the Constitution and Bill of Rights. I think we are on the same page here.

  • B

    Progressives= oppressive government, antiChristian, antigun, anti-freedom, anti family, pro-hate, proabortion(murder), pro homosexual, You CANNOT be a Christian and condone the last 3!!! The decline of this great country is in direct line with decline of it’s morality, and total lack of self responsibility!!!! All life is good versus evil!!! There can be no deals with evil!!!! We must end the perverted interpretation of our Constitution and Bill of Rights and obey the laws of God! Our founding fathers knew this and spelled it out very plainly!!!!

    • John Douglas

      Agree! However, upon examining the condition of the American ‘Christian’ church ‘We the People’ have become a society of unending compromise.

      • B

        Agreed!!!! I for one will not compromise my faith!! Jesus did not compromise with His Oppressors, he gave the greatest gift EVER, his life to save our souls and created a bridge forever between humanity and the Father. God believes in the faithful, we shall keep that faith and expose evil and cut it out of our lives to attempt to be worthy of his gift! We make mistakes, repent, and continue to try and be obedient to God! Do the opposite of what people in this administration condone, keep faith in the Lord, work hard, parent your children, hold your families together in love, speak and act against what’s not inherently right! If Christ knows you, you only need to fear the Father’s judgement and therefore have fear of no man! Why do i say this? I say this because I believe it to be the truth! God wants us all to be obedient to his law, to prosper and when the laws of men pull us away from God, that is of our own doing and must be corrected! Love the sinner (which is all of us) repent the sin and live life to Gods glory and we cannot go wrong!!! We must not lose our identity as a nation! I believe in our Republic, i believe we grant our representatives the power to speak for us, not themselves! We elect a President to lead but the majority of the people determine the direction!!!! There is a profound difference to being accepting of the will of others (a choice) and being subject to the will of others (not a choice)!

        • Eugene Sevene

          I like what you say, but the self proclaimed Christians will do nothing but turn the other cheek as Christ did when he drove the money changers out of his fathers house. If this sounds sarcastic it was meant to be. Everyone talks but no one acts. Even pastors don’t preach hell fire and brimstone any more. I would truly hate to be in their shoes on judgement day.

          • B

            I believe you. My humble opinion, I personally believe God knew what he was doing when he gave us instincts, I don’t believe malice and violence are acceptable when it is self serving, I do believe defending yourself, family, and church (people are the church) are warranted! The founding fathers were Christians too after all!

        • Michael Shreve

          When you compromise your PRINCIPLES, you no longer have any.

          • Vis Fac

            First you must have principles/ You cannot compromise them if there are none to compromise.

            Libertas inaestimabilis res est
            Semper-Fi

    • chocopot

      Make it simple: Progressive = Marxist. There is no difference but semantics.

      • grassroot

        Yes, and Obmer was raised by Marxists, he stated
        that when he attended college, he ” sought out

        Marxist professors” And also radical students to

        hang with.

        • chocopot

          His parents were Marxists, his maternal grandparents (who helped raise him) were Marxists, his mentor (Frank Marshall Davis) was a member of the Communist Party USA, he intentionally sought out Marxist professors and fellow students when at school, and he has spent his entire adult life in the company of and surrounded by Marxists, domestic terrorists, and a large assortment of other hate-America types. Most of this is by his own admission in his books, the rest is clear from simple observation. His cabinet consists of Marxists, liars, thieves, and tax cheats. So what’s not to like about the guy?

          • John Douglas

            He exceeds the ‘corrupt politician’ epithet by an (up to now) unimaginable magnitude.

          • IsThisAmerica

            That is all he has ever known his entire life.

      • Michael Shreve

        Democrat=liberal=progressive=communist

    • Vis Fac

      You are 100% correct immorality has ruined this once great nation.

      “For what ever we once were we are no longer a Christian nation” Barack Hussein Obama

      Without God, democracy will not and cannot long endure.- Ronald Reagan

      We are never defeated unless we give up on God. Ronald Reagan

      Freedom prospers when religion is vibrant and the rule of law under God is acknowledged. Ronald Reagan

      If we ever forget that we are One Nation Under God, then we will be a nation gone under. Ronald Reagan

      Without God, democracy will not and cannot long endure.- Ronald Reagan

      Libertas inaestimabilis res est
      Semper-Fi

    • http://batman-news.com samurai

      HHHHHooooorrrrraaaaahhhhh! Well said and keep up the good fight fellow patriot. FOR GOD AND COUNTRY! 하나님하고 나라를 위해서!
      You need both love of country and faith in GOD to be a patriot.

  • IBCAMN

    liberal publishing companies have been changing things as they see fit for decades!look at “tom sawyer”,they rewrote the hole book to fit the history to their liking!school books,the same!they leave out parts,delete parts and even replace words that don’t even mean the same thing in the same context,and sometimes context has nothing to do with the change!
    they removed the “N” word from the book(12 times),but yet they say it’s okay to leave it in lyrics on CD’s and music video’s and radio!!
    in fact my daughter brought home(from school) a printed version of the 2nd amendment(the whole bill of rights and constitution)and it said we have the right to maintain and have an armed malitia!and their are many other rewritten versions in this farce.i brought it to this schools attention and they acted very surprised,but yet again,the same version came home yet again this year!and to add insault to injury,during the civil war week at school,their version of the war is really messed up also!(sad)and when black history month rolled around,again,anything in print was again missleading or deleted and rewrote to fit some odd narrative!(they forgot to mention that 5 million white people died fighting over the freedom(and abolishment)of blacks!!this is just a few things that have been changed or rewritten.
    liberals do it to teach their versions of history as to have young people not know history so the progressives and liberals can repeat it(because socialism will work this time the way their going to do it)even though it never ever has in any form!but they have been doing this to get their way(lie,cheat,steal,murder and all around corruption of a system)

    • B

      Well said!!!

    • IsThisAmerica

      I don’t get why they are allowed to rewrite anything to do with history. Just the facts please. Not their wishy washy attitude. Liberals are only helping this country to self destruction.

      • Vis Fac

        Because they’re liberals. Don’t you know liberals are able to move mountains change history rewrite documents and raise taxes?Well the tax part is right

        Libertas inaestimabilis res est
        Semper-Fi

  • grassroot

    Liberal Fascism

    • Cliffystones

      I think you mean treason.

  • Chief Boring

    I wrote my Senator to have this outdated notation corrected, in light of the Heller Decision. Study, learn, VOTE! Don’t sit on your hands like so many did in 2012.

  • Michael Shreve

    Once the Supreme Court convinced people its’ “job” was “INTERPRETING” the U.S. Constitution in relation to laws rather than laws in relation to the U.S. Constitution the door to hell opened. The Framers NEVER intended for lawyers to “interpret’ the Constitution. It was written for the PEOPLE to read. It means EXACTLY what was WRITTEN. Neither the GOVERNMENT, nor anyone else, can CONSTITUTIONALLY infringe the RIGHT of the PEOPLE to keep and bear arms. We must remember that the GOVERNMENT IS THE PEOPLE, as is the “militia”.

  • Bob

    Almost seems as if many supreme court justices should be tried for treasonous acts the way they interpret the constitution almost is never in favor of the people or constitutional!