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The original conception of the US political structure was a cohesion of independent states, with the following principles: The states would act as a unit in international affairs through federal structures The states would set limits on themselves through federal structures to prevent economic, political, or military conflict between themselves The states ...


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Your question title and body are asking two different things. Given that answering the title is much harder (guessing at the motivations for why certain wording was chosen over some other wording), I'll answer the question in the body: The question, though, is what is the purpose of the first half? First, the text of the Second Amendment as you quote in ...


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Not sure of the answer to your question but I think that the answer will not alter the overall effect Legal texts with a preamble before the operative clause (e.g. A being the case, there shall be B) are not unusual. The preamble "sets the scene" and may (but does not have to) commence with "Whereas..." of "As"- see this ...


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This seems to go back to the various texts that inspired the Bill of Rights. In particular the "Virginia Declaration of Rights" (by Virginia anti-federalist George Mason) This reads: That a well regulated militia, composed of the body of the people, trained to arms, is the proper, natural, and safe defense of a free state; that standing armies, in ...


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