â€śA 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.â€ť
Militias were our military at the time because we, as a budding new nation, had a rather small army. We needed well regulated (trained) civilians to stand on the ready to fight in state-run militias. Not against the United States government, but FOR the United States government. The second amendment written shortly after the Revolutionary War which was won with George Washingtonâ€™s Continental army, state militias, and the help of France. The â€śfree stateâ€ť is the United States of America that we fought for and won from England after declaring independence, waging war, and beginning a new nation. The right to bear arms has always been at the discretion of the government since the beginning.
The government wrote the 2nd Amendment. They wrote it in 1791 to keep slaves in check and provide back up for the army. Not to allow an uprising against itself, it was to protect itself. When you try to overthrow your government that is the exact definition of treason. We live in a free nation because it has been fought for and maintained by our government.
Yes, our armed services are indeed our government. You support the troops? You support our government.
Remember if you secede you are no longer granted the rights and privileges of being part of the United States, including but not limited to the 2nd Amendment. Remember that.
Nowhere in the Constitution does it say armed rebellion is okay. Thereâ€™s a reason the Union fought against Confederate troops during the Civil War. Rebellion was frowned upon. It is very clear in Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution, that Congress may call forth â€śthe Militia to execute the Laws of the Union, suppress Insurrections and repel Invasions.â€ť The Second Amendment was written to further enforce this.
You do however have the right to peaceably assemble and petition the government for a redress of grievances.