This is something I wrote a while back and thought I would go ahead and publish. Keep in mind, it is ok to disagree with people, this is my opinion, you are allowed to have yours. Enjoy.
There is a provision to change the constitution if that the people want. Congress by a 2/3 vote in each chamber can propose a new amendment, if at least 3/4 of the states agree and ratify, its added. Simple. Alternatively, if the congress fails to bring a measure up that people deem important, the states themselves can. This is called a constitutional convention. 34 states must make the request. 38 must vote to accept. These measures are in here to make drastic changes both possible and difficult at the same time. It protects the people from knee jerk reactions which would otherwise be detrimental to the freedoms of the population.
The text of the 2nd amendment reads
"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."
This reads clunky in our language of today, but it basically puts the reasoning for the right in the front of the sentence, then the right itself. This is common in this document. We also need to look at the definitions as they were when it was written. Militia is not what we think militia means today. In 1790 militia merely meant white males between the ages of 18 and 45. This of course today would be expanded to all individuals cause well we are not bigots and all man (this is plural for men and women) were created equal. So, the militia today would be all individuals ages 18 and older. Again, we won’t put any ageism on this clause either.
Let’s look at another phrase that seems to throw off the population in mass today. Well Regulated. Alexander Hamilton in the federalist papers used this phrase to mean a state of preparedness obtained after rigorous and persistent training. Makes sense.
So, lets change that text to a modern language and look keep moving on.
"A properly trained and prepared population ages 18 and older, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed"
It's starting to make more sense now. Let’s keep moving on with this. Being necessary to the security of a free state. This is a simple phrase and only one word really needs to be changed to translate it into modern language, state. I think we all can agree that state is the same as country or nation. For example, state sponsored, state run, or even United States. Its just a sovereign country. So, lets change that.
" A properly trained and prepared population ages 18 and older, being necessary to the security of a free country, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed"
Now let’s look at the phrase "to the security." The word security here is not being used as in a security officer, but rather the verb form definition; "to get hold or possession of; procure; obtain." Another way you can word this definition is to retain possession. Let’s update those few words.
" A properly trained and prepared population ages 18 and older, being necessary to retain possession of a free country, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed"
Next let’s look at the right of the people. This one doesn’t have to be changed, it means well, the right of the people, but I want to the two other amendments that make use of this language.
The 1st amendment.
"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."
The 4th amendment
"The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized."
So, this right of the people statement is referring to all people of this nation. Period. I think we can agree to the sanctity of the right of the people to peaceable assemble. So, lets update that phrase.
"A properly trained and prepared population ages 18 and older, being necessary to retain possession of a free country, the right of everyone to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed"
Next let’s look at the word infringed. Infringe as defined is "to commit a breach or infraction of; violate or transgress." Basically, it is anything that would change, tamper or remove anything that is the target of the verb. This is not a complicated word, nor do I think people have difficulty in the understanding or application of this word. I just wanted to get the actual definition of the word down. Word meaning is important. So, let's take what we got and clean it up some with a proper conjunction and transition.
"A properly trained and prepared population ages 18 and older, is necessary to retain possession of a free country, therefore the right of everyone to keep and bear arms shall not be tampered with."
It is a very earnest statement and should be treated as such.