Monday, November 17, 2008

Is This Misleading?

In a book called Friendly Foes - A Look At Political Parties, I found something that annoys me greatly. In a sidebar it says:

The Second Amendment says, "A well-regulated militia (military force), being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed (limited)." Does this mean everyone should be able to own a gun? Or is the amendment talking about a militia using guns to defend the country? What do you think?

It's misleading to define 'militia' as 'military force' especially without mentioning that it's specifically defined as an armed citizenry.
Just another thing to watch when your children are reading books; as my brother always says, "Consider the source!" And it reminds me of the book on government for elementary school children in a teacher supply store that exhorts littles to "think of the government as your parent."