This has to be the phrase of the week -- perhaps of the year. Depending on which side of the gun rack you stand, "to bear arms" is:
- a plain English term, meaning "to carry weapons";
- an idiomatic phrase, used by the Founding Fathers to convey "military service"; or
- a mistaken spelling of "bare arms" (because the Founders wanted Minutemen to show off their muscles).
Read my full commentary in the next post -- soon to be published (in slightly different versions) in New York Law Journal Magazine and Vocabula Review.