Since the adoption of the Constituion’s Bill of Rights this is how the Second Amendment has read:
“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.”
If I were in Congress today I would put forward an amendment that altered this verbiage to wit:
A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, the same as or the equivalent of those available at the adoption of the Constitution, shall not be infringed.
I think this would dramatically change the debate over the Second Amendment. It wouldn’t get 3/4ths of the State’s approval today but perhaps it, or something along the same lines, would pass in the next generation.
For another sample of my thoughts about the Second Amendment read: The Wayning of America.
OR check out any of my posts linked under the category “gun control.”