The National Rifle Association, along with other pro-gun activists, usually use the Second Amendment as a talking point to defend the usage of guns after mass shootings. On Wednesday, NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch received a history lesson on the Second Amendment by a history teacher that survived the school shooting that took place in Florida last week.
Diane Wolk Rogers, a history teacher at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, decided to give Loesch a lesson on the topic Wednesday night.
At a CNN town hall on gun violence, Rogers asked Loesch, “What is your definition of a ‘well regulated militia’ as stated in the Second Amendment?” She continued: “And using supporting details, explain to me how an 18-year-old with a military rifle is ‘well regulated’?”
Loesch responded with, “George Mason was one of the founders. And he said ‘the militia is the whole of the people.’ It’s every man and every woman.”
There are a few reasons Loesch’s response is bogus. One is that she completely side-stepped the question of regulation of gun ownership. Another reason is that Mason’s comments came not in a discussion about gun rights, but in a discussion about the government’s war powers.
Mason argued that “once a standing army is established, in any country, the people lose their liberty.”
Mason’s comments are irrelevant today as the U.S. has settled the question of whether it would have a standing army.
As Rogers stated, the original reading of the Second Amendment is about regulated militias, not about a single person’s rights to own guns.
Take a look at the confrontation in the video clip below:
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