Americans are always arguing what the Founding Fathers “really meant” when they wrote the Constitution. Sadly, only a very small percent of Americans has the cranial capacity, the specific historical background, and the broad knowledge of 18th century semantics and legal issues to even make an educated guess.
However, ignorance and opinion run strong in the American bloodline. So this has never stopped anyone from taking a shot at their version of any Amendment.
To this end it is remarkable that you can visit any bar, from Baton Rouge to Seattle, and probably never encounter two drunken idiots arguing the finer points of the 3rd Amendment.
Since I’m 96,3% sure that you don’t know what the 3rd Amendment is….here is the 3rd as proposed by Congress in 1789:
No Soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the Owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law.
So ignored is the 3rd as an Amendment that it has never been the primary basis of a Supreme Court decision. Indeed, it has only occasionally been invoked at Federal or State levels, and then usually in regards to government employees and rent/costs of lodging.
It’s odd that the 3rd doesn’t get more heated debate. It is not any less or more “unclear” than the 1st or 2nd in it’s wording. To me, soldiers sleeping on my couch and me having to feed them is far more upsetting than not keeping my gun under my bed or having to shut up in a crowded theater.
Perhaps more soldiers will need to start hanging around in people’s livingrooms and eating all the Ben & Jerry’s before this Amendment gets the attention of drunken ignoramuses everywhere?