Antonin Scalia

What the 2nd Amendment really says

What the 2nd Amendment really says

No one should ever die because someone feels entitled to pull a trigger. However, it seems that every day on the streets of Baltimore someone exercises his entitlement (if you own a gun you are entitled to operate it which includes pulling its trigger). An entitlement many say is granted by the Second Amendment. But did it really?

The Second Amendment reads, “A well-regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of people to keep and bear arms should not be infringed.”

When the first 10 amendments (the Bill of Rights) were ratified, it was clearly understood that the Second Amendment meant exactly what it said: that militias were vital to the...