Bemoaning the fact the Second Amendment means what it says by claiming it doesn’t, David McGrath in the Chicago Tribune offers up this gem:
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.
If McGrath’s commentary is a true reflection on the quality of education in America’s High Schools (and I have no reason to doubt it isn’t) we are in serious trouble. A proper grammatical analysis by an expert that McGrath’s claims, and possibly the assertions of High School teachers are completely wrong.
Besides expert grammatical analysis we also have the words of the founders themselves. Here is a nice collection of quotes that I’m sure the Justices of the Supreme Court relied on (along with proper grammatical analysis) when they ruled on both Heller v. DC and McDonald v. Chicago.
Anti-Rights cultists will go to any length to deny you you’re pre-existing civil rights protected by the Constitution. Lies and distortions are the norm, expect them to get worse.