new Pew Research Center report states that 52 percent of Americans support gun rights, the highest percentage in the last two decades. Yet the gun rights that they believe are guaranteed by law may very well be an illusion.
That’s because we have allowed lawyers instead of language professionals to interpret the Constitution of the United States.
Ask any high school English teacher to parse the Second Amendment, and they will say that it does not prohibit common-sense restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns, in spite of the National Rifle Association’s claim to the contrary. The proof lies in the amendment’s exact language — “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.”
Literally, it means that the American people will retain the right to carry weapons as members of a state militia in order to safeguard their freedom.