A few days ago, I came across this Puffington Post article by Samantha Rosen, which presents a tired liberal fantasy: That the 2nd Amendment protects only a military right to keep and bear arms, not an individual right.
To defend her claim, she purports that,
Nowhere in the text, however, is it stated that an individual right to keep and bear arms is preserved. More overtly, the text refers to the collection of people who would make up a militia if the federal government were to abuse its power.
Earlier in the same editorial, she acknowledges that,
The ultimate check on a tyrannical government, the Framers of the Constitution believed, was an armed population.
If the Framers believed an armed population was the ultimate check on a tyrannical government, and, as she acknowledges, that was really the motivation for the 2nd Amendment, then who are the people that would “make up a militia if the federal government were to abuse its power?”
Samantha never clarifies, because she knows that militias, in the context of Revolutionary America, were made up of individuals that owned muskets and volunteered to defend their country at a literal minute’s notice.
The “militia” is every and any citizen of the United States.