The Second Amendment to the Constitution, a protection of the ownership of firearms, has become the source of heated controversy in recent years. Learn about the Founders' views on this important freedom and their solutions for averting the plague of violence that has disrupted communications.
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Release Date Dec 1, 2011
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|One-sided, ahistorical, and law-illiterate May 24, 2008|
|1. The Second Amendment has nothing whatever to do with "individual" anything, and never has. When one doesn't avoid the Constitution itself, and the legal authority concerning same -- the legislative history, the debates of that which became, as example, the Second Amendment -- one cannot but recognize that the NRA's Second Amendment lie does not withstand informed scrutiny. The Bill of Rights was debated in the first Congress, populated by Founders and Framers; and this is the first draft of that which became the Second Amendment, as codified by James Madison; note especially the last clause:|
"The right of the people [PLURAL] to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed; a well armed, and well regulated [UNDER LAW, as the Constituion expressly stipulates] militia being the best security of a free country: but no person [INDIVIDUAL] religiously scrupulous of [AGAINST] bearing arms, shall be compelled [INVOLUNTARY] to render military service [IN THE MILITIA] in person."
_Creating the Bill of Rights: The Documentary Record from the First Federal Congress_ (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins, paper, 1991), Ed. by Veit, et al., at 12.
OBVIOUSLY, that posited "individual right" is expressly tied to INVOLUNTARY MILITARY SERVICE. As obviously, that is the ONLY posited "individual right" debated as concerned that which would become the Second Amendment. And, as obviously, that posited "individual right" having been VOTED DOWN, the Second has nothing whatever to do with "individual" anything.
2. Even if the Second Amendment "protected" an "individual" right -- which it does not do -- it would not "protect" it FROM regulation by means of law, any more than it "protects" the militia, which is obviously within the scope of the Second Amendment, from the express, Constitutionally-stipulated regulation of it by means of law.
A. Completion of ratification of the Bill of Rights, and thus of the Second Amendment, occurred on December 15, 1791.
B. SUBSEQUENTLY, the Congress, populated by Founders and Framers, enacted, on MAY 8, 1792, the "Militia Act," as mandated by the Constitution, and which REGULATES UNDER LAW the militia, regardless the fact that the militia is expressly within the scope of the Second Amendment.
3. The individual "right of self-defense" has ALWAYS been regulated -- limited -- by rule of law, because EVERYONE, not only gun-nuts, has not only that same right, but also the RIGHT NOT to be "defended against" by law-illiterate fools who falsely, even deludedly, assume that the entire Constitution consists of the out-of-context phrase ". . . the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed, . . .".
4. From whence came the phrase "the right of the people to keep and bear arms"? From existing (as of 1776-77, and 1780) state constitutions/bills of rights. More specifically, it came from what were and are termed "militia clauses". The US Constitution incorporates two such clauses, one of which stipulates the purposes of the militia, which include: "suppressing Insurrections".
The Founders/Framers established a gov't with CIVILIAN control of the military; as Samual Adams, and other Founders said: the military power is always in exact subordination to the Civil Power. And always, including under the Founders/Framers, all military organizations were regulated UNDER LAW. There is no "right" to have an armed criminal gang running around shooting AT the gov't/rule of law.
There is, in short, NO "individual" -- or any other -- "right" to "defend against" the gov't/rule of law. That stipulation by itself makes clear that the Founders/Framers were of the view OPPOSITE that of the NRA and the suckers who swallow its anti-Constitutional bilge.
5. Last but not least: it is obvious, even to the near-illiterate, that the word "people" is PLURAL, exactly as it is in the first three words of the Constitution: "We the people". It is not "I the people," or "We the individual".
_Creating the Bill of rights, as cited, is in print and available from this site. Buy it and READ it, instead of ignoring everything that refutes the NRA falsification of the legal history and law -- which is NOT legitimate "scholarship".
|Inalienable or just plain out there? Apr 9, 2008|
|Mr. Barton does what he does best by resorting to the founding documents and the founding fathers for his information. Barton shows that the Second Amendment preserves the right to carry weapons by individual citizens, who are "the militia", according to the founding fathers. This is another wonderful work from Wallbuilders and is an vital reference when debating the topic of the second amendment.|
|SHOOTS HOLES THE SIZE OF TED KENNEDY IN THE HISTORICAL REVISIONIST'S ARGUMENT! Mar 30, 2007|
DAVID BARTON begins his informative little booklet, THE SECOND AMENDMENT: Preserving The Inalienable Right Of Individual Self-Protection, by giving the reader a few excerpts from recent articles printed by mainstream American publications and statements made by prominent sources which display the reinterpretation of the U.S. Constitution's Second Amendment by the anti-firearm crowd. He then, in just 58 pages of text (not including the Endnotes) absolutely blows their position to smithereens! I mean, it's like shooting a sleeping flea on a dead dog with a howitzer. Barton's booklet hits the bull's-eye!
"There is no individual right to bear arms in the Bill of Rights."
~ USA TODAY; December 28, 1994.
"The sale, manufacture, and possession of handguns ought to be banned ... We do not believe the 2nd Amendment guarantees an individual right to keep them."
~ The Washington Post; November 5, 1999.
"There is no reason for anyone in the country, for anyone except a police officer or a military person, to buy, to own, to have, to use, a handgun."
~ Michael Gartner; former president of NBC News, January 16, 1992.
"Except for lawful police and military purposes, the possession of weapons by individuals is not constitutionally protected."
~ The ACLU; policy statement #47, 1996.
The above are just a few samples of the modern misinterpretations and/or outright deceptions that David Barton lays to waste in this compact, but information-loaded and solidly documented booklet. He immediately reminds the reader that "a common error in constitutional interpretation is the failure to examine a document according to its original meaning" and he then gives several quotations from America's Founding Fathers admonishing their contemporaries, and future generations, to do just that when attempting to understand any constitutional passage.
"On every question of construction, carry ourselves back to the time when the Constitution was adopted, recollect the spirit manifested in the debates, and instead of trying what meaning may be squeezed out of the text, or invented against it, conform to the probable one in which it was passed."
~ President Thomas Jefferson; June 12, 1823.
Barton, in his customary fashion, proceeds to examine primary source material from our Founding Era with respect to Early Legal Commentaries; Views Of The Founding Fathers; Early Legislative Acts (including the Founders' definition of the "militia"); and State Constitutions.
"Even if it was practicable, would it be wise to disarm the good before the wicked cease from troubling?"
~ John Jay; Original Chief-Justice, U.S. Supreme Court, April 15, 1818.
"To preserve liberty, it is essential that the whole body of the people always possess arms, and be taught alike, especially when young, how to use them."
~ Richard Henry Lee; Signer of The Declaration & Framer of the Second Amendment in the First Congress.
"And what country can preserve its liberties if its rulers are not warned from time to time that this people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms."
~ Thomas Jefferson; U.S. President & signer of The Declaration, June 1776.
"A free people ought...to be armed."
~ George Washington; some dead guy, January 8, 1790.
I suppose there are bigger books out there that address the Second Amendment debate in greater detail, but if all you're looking for is a quick but effective, battle-tested resource to give you the means and the confidence to annihilate your local Lib in a "Gun Rights" debate, DAVID BARTON's booklet, THE SECOND AMENDMENT, provides all the ammunition you'll need.
|Top Notch Scholarship Feb 12, 2001|
|Barton scores another direct hit with his latest book. Using his highly successful approach to historical research, Barton brings the wisdom of the Founding Fathers clearly to bear on yet another crucial public policy debate. The author deftly impales the postmodern reinterpretation of the Right to Keep and Bear Arms on the twin horns of historical fact and legal precedent, condemning the gun control argument with the Founder's own words. The book is well written and highly readable even for students at the secondary level. I highly recommend this as a must read for any citizen who wishes to know the truth in the midst of the current "American Gun War".|
Reading Time: About 1 hour.
Disposition: A home on my bookshelf.
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