For those who just can’t seem to figure out what the Second Amendment is really about they might try reading the Preamble to the first Ten Amendments of Bill of Rights:
“THE Conventions of a number of the States, having at the time of their adopting the Constitution, expressed a desire, in order to prevent misconstruction or abuse of its powers, that further declaratory and restrictive clauses should be added: And as extending the ground of public confidence in the Government, will best ensure the beneficent ends of its institution.” (Bolding added)
What was “its powers” they wanted to prevent the misconstruction
or abuse of? It was the
“A well regulated
Militia, being necessary to the security of a
Notice, the security
Notice, the use of the unlimited term “Arms” rather than the more limiting term “rifles” or “sticks” or “cannons” or “sling shots.” Arms meant military arms like all the militaries in the world had at the time and which they will have in the future. If he Second Amendment is to connect with its intended purpose as so stated in the Preamble and the body of the amendment, it would by necessity mean all types of military arms and weapons.
And this is also verified by Federalist Letter #29 dedicated to the Militia written by Alexander Hamilton.
Also see definition of “assault weapon.”