William Thien

The Definition of the Word “Infringed” In The Context of The Second Amendment

Posted on: March 15, 2013

When I examine the almost daily legislative encroachments states are now enacting, often with little or no debate, on the right to keep weapons as a result of the hysteria caused by recent mass shootings I am compelled to examine the Second Amendment once and again, “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.”

In the past all types of historians, legal scholars and pro’s and anti’s have attempted to examine the amendment to determine what the amendment says exactly. It’s pretty clear to me. The supreme court also ruled recently that it means Americans have the right to keep and bear arms. But once again the anti’s, those in particular from fringe segments of society, have come out of the woodwork after the recent mass shootings with all kinds of highly restrictive legislation with the hopes of “infringing” upon your right to keep and bear arms.

The phrase “keep and bear” from the amendment has been examined. Sounds pretty straight forward to me. “Keep” is a pretty obvious word and “bear” means to have it with you, perhaps at all times, something that only until recently many states have allowed even though the Second Amendment, part of the law of the land, has been around for 222 years!

“Well regulated militia” has been examined and that is just as clear.

But the word “infringed” hasn’t really been examined all that thoroughly as a component of the Second Amendment, at least to my knowledge. To me it means that perhaps even the fringes of weaponry are legal, the most modern, those which branch off from what is traditional, that which is experimental and leads to new technologies, that the very edges and types of ownership are legal, the weapons which may not be socially acceptable to somebody such as Senator Feinstein, for example, the “fringe” weapons, the ones which are perhaps the most effective, the most dangerous, the most deadly, those with which Americans may be able to secure most effectively their liberty, whether Senator Feinstein or anyone else does not like the idea, particularly as they raise our taxes. They just raised everyone’s taxes, by the way.

But that is just what the anti’s want to do, they want to “infringe” upon the types of ownership, they want to encroach, to trespass, to step on your rights. If you ask me, the very last word, “infringed,” of the amendment is one of if not the most crucial, particularly as those who wish to infringe upon ownership send their families to secure schools that are guarded all day or that they themselves have bodyguards, all paid for with our tax dollars. It’s OK for them to take away the right to protect ourselves, but far be it from them to go without protection when they feel they need it, armored cars, bulletproof glass, tax payer paid for intelligence, records of your credit card transactions, authority to examine your tax records, secret dealings, you name it.

The hypocrisy of the anti’s is in my opinion justification in and of itself for ownership.

If you ask me, all of the recently enacted legislation infringing upon your right to keep and bear arms, particularly at the state level, is just that “infringement,” but not just on your right to keep and bear arms, infringement upon the law of the land enacted by our founding fathers, all which is particularly concerning since the Federal Government recently purchased billions of rounds of ammunition for use right here in America. Oh yes, ladies and gentlemen, they will not be without theirs as they work to make sure you have none!

Another word to consider, “Overbearance.” Another, “Excessive.”

Copyright © William Thien 2013

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2 Responses to "The Definition of the Word “Infringed” In The Context of The Second Amendment"

Reblogged this on William Thien and commented:

A necessary reminder.

I think that the comma’s (,) also come into play in the sentence. Comma’s separate the parts of that sentence.

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