Originally Posted by Hugh Damright
I believe there was some of that ... the end being free States, and militia being the means ... but at the same time, I believe the RKBA was included as an end ... I don't see why the amendment can't have a dual purpose...
There is a contradiction between:
1. You have a right to X, and
2. There is a right to X because it helps with Y.
In 1, you are simply recognised to have a right to X. Changing technology and circumstances don't influence whether you have that right.
In 2, you have the right to X in order to help with Y. If Y is no longer needed, then the underlying reason for your right to X is a constitutional equivalent of an appendix. 2 reflects a well worn anti-2d Am. argument.