‘Well-regulated' so often forgotten
As I see the current controversy, most people agree on the militia part, they disagree on the source of regulation for it.
I went to the American Heritage Dictionary and searched for “well-regulated.” There was no entry, so I tried “regulated” and got “regulate.” The first definition was “To control and direct according to rule, principle, or law.”
Merriam-Webster defines “regulate” as “a: to govern or direct according to rule b (1): to bring under the control of law or constituted authority (2) : to make regulations for or concerning <regulate the industries of a country>.
Clearly the dictionary meaning of “regulate” includes government authority.
The American Heritage Dictionary has some 17 entries for “well,” so I can't even go there.
So, why does the Second Amendment include the compound word “well-regulated?” Why not just say “militia” or “private militia” or “Minuteman militia” or some other wording? I don't know.
Using all these dictionary entries, however, it appears that one can make an argument that a well-regulated militia is exactly the opposite of the independent Minuteman model, and, that a well-regulated militia could act only under the direction of the government.
No wonder this issue won't go away.
Francis J. Lynch