(Episode 15) 2nd Amd. (Part 1/2): Shooting a Dead Horse: A Well Regulated Militia

We've reached the Second Amendment, listeners, and we would be remiss if we didn't immediately make this joke: welcome to the gun show.

The Second Amendment states: "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." We're going to break out discussion of this Amendment down into two episodes for the two sections: the militia portion, and then the more commonly-known portion.

In Episode 15, we discuss the grammatical clusterf*%$ the Second Amendment is, and why that opens the Amendment up for vastly different interpretations. What does it mean for something to be "well regulated" at the time of the Founding? (Hint: it's not "government regulation" the way we think of it today.) What exactly is a militia? (Hint: it's old school.) Does this mean that you only have the right to bear Arms in connection with service in the Militia? (Not anymore, thanks to the NRA.)

Join us while we discuss the history of the Militia clause, why it matters, and how it's morphed over the last century. We'll also start a discussion of the major SCOTUS cases dealing with the Second Amendment, and that discussion will continue into Episode 16.

Credit for the gunshot sound at the end of our episode goes to "RA The Sun God". The sound was used pursuant to a Creative Commons 3.0 Attribution license.