Liberals and conservatives seem somewhat familiar with the latter part of the Second Amendment, “The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.” However, they appear to be oblivious to the former part, “A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state.”
After the war for independence, our Founding Fathers, realizing the deficiency they had experienced both with military arms and training with which they faced the British power, and not being able to predict what the future held, thought it advisable that the people should maintain a militia (a quasi-military group of civilians that is not part of the regular armed forces who arm themselves and take military training and be prepared to repel any danger to the security of a free people from whatever quarter, be it domestic or foreign.)
Thus understood we must perceive that not only do the citizens have the right to keep and bear arms, they also have the right and duty to form into groups of militia and receive military training together. Further, being attached to a local militia would enhance pride and American patriotism in its members and give a legitimate vent for the use of their weapons and an opportunity for camaraderie.
LeRoy W. LittleDelavan