I'm on a bit of a Constitutional tear this evening.
"A well educated Electorate, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people of keep and read books, shall not be infringed."
- Does this mean that only people in the Electorate (that is, people with the right to vote) can keep and read books?
- Does this mean that only the State can educate the Electorate or provide the books?
- Does this mean only books relevant to the Electorate and a free state are protected?
Of course not.
Why does the Second Amendment then cause so much confusion for otherwise smart people?
"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."
(For those of you who would say the right only extends to weapons of the time, like muskets, I'd ask does the First Amendment apply only to media of the time, like newspapers, or does it cover TV too? Thanks to the Wikipedia for that analogy.)