During a CNN town hall on gun violence last Wednesday with NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch, a teacher asked Dana what her interpretation of the Second Amendment is - specifically regarding a well-regulated militia.
In response, Mrs. Loesch took George Mason out of context saying “George Mason was one of the founders. And he said ‘the militia is the whole of the people.’ It’s every man and every woman.”
She implied everyone and their mother should have guns if they so choose. However, this interpretation of what Mason said is deliberately taken out of context to fit the narrative of proponents of the 2 Amendment to sell as many guns as possible.
Later during the conversation, Loesch said the gunman shouldn't have had a gun because he was crazy. But wait, she just said everyone has the right to own a gun; so either she was lying or lying.
RawStory explains: "Mason argued that “once a standing army is established, in any country, the people lose their liberty.” Given that the United States has long since settled the question of whether it would have a standing army, it’s hard to see how Mason’s comments are relevant today.
As Rogers was pointing out, the natural reading of the Second Amendment is that it is about regulated militias, not about an individual right to own guns. In fact, this is how the amendment was interpreted until about a decade ago when the Supreme Court decided to radically reinterpret the law’s meaning."