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.
— The Second Amendment
Gun-rights advocates, now that President Obama backs bans on assault weapons and high-capacity weapons magazines, really feel that the Second Amendment is under siege.
In fact, they feel like Davy Crockett did at the Alamo.
They should hit their history books instead of the shooting gallery.
To save them time, I have graciously posted the Second Amendment for them.
Notice the well regulated militia phrase that the Founding Fathers inserted? Granted, they should have hyphenated it but English grammar wasn’t all the rage then.
There was no “individual-rights” component of the Second Amendment.
In fact, the Founding Founders’ vision of the Second Amendment actually was a call for more gun regulation, not less.
Funny how the sands of time cover up the truth. Funny how history, even though it happened in the past, changes on a whim. Past is not always past after all.
Right-wing think tanks, refusing to bite the bullet on this, put on their thinking caps in the 1980s and rewrote the amendment’s history — which even had former Supreme Court chief justice Warren Burger calling the individual right to bear arms “one of the greatest pieces of fraud – I repeat the word ‘fraud’ – on the American public by special-interest groups that I have ever seen in my lifetime.”
No matter. The revisionism from the right won the day in 2008 when the Supreme Court misfired badly and broke with 70 years of established jurisprudence and affirmed that the Second Amendment protects an individual right to have guns in the home for reasons of self-defense.
Which shot the original intent of the Second Amendment full of holes.