In every case to date, restriction of the right to keep and bear arms has resulted in a rapid rise of violent crime. The criminals become so emboldened that they begin assaulting people in their homes, knowing that the disarmed Citizens do not have guns for self-defense.
Ever wonder about those three commas and why they are in there? Here ya go:
"A comma is a "a punctuation mark, used especially as a mark of separation within the sentence." There are at least 21 rules that govern the use of commas. Two of these rules can be applied to the sentence structure of the second amendment. Why these two? Simply because the other 19 rules can be eliminated as non-applicable.
The first comma, and a dual-purpose second comma, separates the non-essential clause "being necessary to the security of a free State." This is considered non-essential since the first statement, "A well regulated Militia," is sufficiently identified. In other words, the separated non-essential clause could be eliminated without changing the meaning of the statement - it only defines or explains the subject.
The second comma, although lending support to separating the non-essential clause, has now become the dreaded "comma splice" that is used in place of the conjunction "and." If not for the need of the comma to help separate the non-essential clause, the word "and" could have been used. How do we know that the second comma has the power of "and?" Simply remove the explanatory non-essential clause. What is left is this:
A well regulated Militia, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.
After removing the non-essential clause it is easy to see that the remaining comma must have the power of "and" for no other word or interpretation would make sense. For example, "A well regulated Militia (of/or/but) the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed," is nonsensical. Yet, "A well regulated Militia and the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed," makes grammatical sense.
A well regulated Militia and the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.
That's all I have to say 'bout that.
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Saturday, January 12, 2013
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