Video instructions and help with filling out and completing Why Form 8815 Amended

Instructions and Help about Why Form 8815 Amended

A topic of much debate here in the 21st century United States is the Second Amendment many people have questions about what it means what the people who wrote it intended it to me and does it still apply today well sit tight because over the next few minutes I hope to answer any questions that you may have on the Second Amendment let's start with the actual words of the Second Amendment 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 the structure of that sentence is a little foreign to us here in the 21st century is we no longer speak in such a manner there's talk about a militia the state bears and arms opponents of an individual's right to bear arms will automatically gravitate to the words well-regulated militia and generally without any context or to the words 18th century meaning in order to understand the context you have to transport yourself back to the minds of the framers in 1788 and you have to understand their language you have to first understand that they had just fought a war with the tyrannical British government for independence a war that was fought for five years a war that was fought with firearms and a war that was ignited when the British attempted to seize the colonies guns with the war fresh in their minds an America a loose conglomerate of individual states the people of the continent realized the need to unite together to form a union unfortunately a union can mean the very same tyranny all over again if power was placed in the hands of just a few so the framers explicitly set forth the pen the founding documents and a manner as to limit the power of the government and give it to the people so I asked this question who is regulating the militia why would the framers call for the regulation of a militia by the government if there express intent was to give the power to the people the answer is quite simply they didn't you see the phrase well-regulated doesn't refer to the definition to control or supervised by means of rules and regulations it was a common phrase in the late 18th century whose meaning was closer to operating properly or functioning a clock that kept good time in the era was said to be well regulated so the second amendment called for a functioning militia and the next thing that's uttered out of the mouths of opponents is only the militia can have firearms that was the intent so if the militia are the only people to have firearms who are the militia George Mason the father of the Bill of Rights said it most succinctly when arguing for the ratification of the Constitution in Virginia in 1788 he said I ask sir what is the militia it is the whole people except for a few public officials the whole people everybody you me your neighbors everybody you can even further understand the meaning of the word militia by looking at the wording of the second amendment as it worked its way through Congress the version that was sent from the house to the Senate on August 24th 1788 reads a well-regulated militia being composed of the body of the people being the best security of a free State the right of the people to keep and bear Arms shall not be infringed they understood the right of the people to keep and bear arms is inalienable or right a person has simply by existing this wasn't even a matter of question one thing the framers understood was that future corrupt politicians with twist and misconstrue words to fit their political agendas furthermore they even feared penning the right would give future generations the opportunity to bastardize the words they wrote so after much debate and to the best ability of the framers with the language of the time the final version emerged from the house in September 21st 1789 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 so functioning militia consisting of all the people is necessary to the security of a free State what is that state was it Virginia Massachusetts the entire Union just like the phrase well-regulated free state can be construed to mean a number of things but again what did the founders intend simply put free state was used in 18th century political discourse to mean free country the phrase was not used to refer to any particular government entity it referred to the free people themselves in modern terms the first statement in the second amendment if written in today's language might read a well-functioning militia composed of every person is necessary to a free country the part that comes next cannot be misconstrued even today the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed there are two distinct statements well armed people are necessary to the security of a free country the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed and from the ratification of the US Constitution to write about the 1934 National Firearms Act the phrase shall not be infringed was respected and understood while the founders may not have fathomed the types of weapons that exist today did they limit themselves in fighting the British with muskets no they not only used muskets but 24-pound cannons 12-pound cannons 8-inch howitzers five and a half inch allen sirs and the list goes on in other words they fought the British like-for-like since we know that the founders feared the newly formed government eventually might become tyrannical if you look logically at the situation and ask yourself honestly you know the answer