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Asked • 07/09/19

What was the historical context of the 2nd amendment to the US Constitution?

The 2nd 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. There is a lot of controversy in the US about how this should be interpreted. What was the historical context?

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MARK B. answered • 07/09/19

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The second amendment was considered in tandem with the third amendment, the quartering of soldiers in civilian homes. By creating a "well-regulated militia" civilians would have the means to remove unwanted government soldiers. This seems to have worked since no lawsuit has ever been brought against the USA for unconstitutionally quartering soldiers in a civilian home.


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