: 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. I see two harmonious aspects to this simple and straight forward paragraph. Before the comma, we have a militia, or military or governing force. After the comma, we see the people of this land. I don't think the founding fathers were calling the people the militia, though in many or even most cases, they were. I think the founding fathers were implementing a procedure where the people were to be equal with the government to keep government from becoming tyrannical.