The following, to the best of my recollection, is the context of the Second Amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America: "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." Written in 1780 plus or minus. Of course it is impossible to know exactly what our founding fathers meant by this compound sentence which contains three separate phrases. The interpretation therin lies to the reader, at first, then those who may be required to challenge, regulate and/or adjudicate any offenses of the same. If you ask me, and no one really did, "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." can be broken down into two key concepts, in my humble opinon. First, it addresses the militia, which seems to have evolved to the national guard. This entity exists in each of the fifty states (I think) and is a professionally trained fighting force for national issues, although most know that the national guard have also been deployed with the armed forces to international issues as well. Second, and most clearly, we, the people, have the right to keep and bear arms and this right shall not be infringed [upon by the government...which is my belief as to who we are expected to keep and bear arms against, due to the whole tyranical reign concept that was the catalyst to our declaration of independence a few years before this amendment was written] WTF do I know though. I'm a dumb monkey. I do have a pocket constitution, that I refer to often, and carry quite a bit, in part because what I do day to day has to balance many things, including rights of the people in my professional community. Now I'm talking about work, and I'm off work...knock it off.