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Lookups spiked on January 11, 2013.


The wording of the Second Amendment to the Constitution came under renewed scrutiny as Vice President Joe Biden led the White House task force on guns.

The Second Amendment says: "A 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."

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary offers three definitions of militia:

: a part of the organized armed forces of a country liable to call only in emergency

: a body of citizens organized for military service

: the whole body of able-bodied male citizens declared by law as being subject to call to military service

In interpreting the Constitution, opponents of gun control tend to support a definition like the middle one, which doesn't refer to a legal army; supporters of gun control generally support the other two.

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