In the current ‘debate’ (as if any decent civilized people needed to argue about it) in defence of some imagined ‘right’ of just about anybody in America to buy guns, much is made of the second amendment to the United States Constitution, which gun-lovers claim enshrines that right. Here is the Government approved text of the relevant part of 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.
Anyone who thinks logically can therefore see that the ‘Right of the people to keep and bear arms’ is conditional on the necessity for ‘A well regulated militia’. But the United States now has a police force and a standing army; there is no necessity any longer for a militia. Thus there is no longer any ‘Right of the people to keep and bear arms’.