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Whatever happened to 'well-regulated militia?'

I am having a problem following the logic of gun toters explaining why they should bear arms.

Here's what I see when I read 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."

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What is meant by "a well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state?" It seems to me that all of you folks should belong to a state-regulated militia and attend militia meetings every Saturday. Otherwise, how are we going to contact you if there is tyranny in the state?

John Holter, Baltimore

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