A letter to progressive scholars: Second Amendment lies hurt your credibility

A letter to progressive scholars: Second Amendment lies hurt your credibility

Dear progressive scholars, Please, I beg you, stop mouthing the same ridiculous and wrong platitudes about the Second Amendment and dismissing the right of the American people to “keep and bear arms.” I suspect many of you are not as foolish as you make out on this issue. You know the actual truth, or at least suspect it, but have decided to parrot the pro-gun control party line instead. There’s a term for knowing the truth but intentionally substituting a whole other thing. It’s called lying. In academia, that can lead to all sorts of bad outcomes, as you well know. Outside of academia, let me give you a specific example of where this is hurting your credibility. Paul Finkelman is a historian and president of Gratz College. He is the scholar who is most responsible for knocking the late great US Supreme Court Chief Justice John Marshall down a peg. When the University of Illinois Chicago explained that it was removing Marshall from the name of its law school because of “the newly discovered research regarding his role as a slave trader, slave owner of hundreds of slaves, [and] pro-slavery jurisprudence,” it was Finkelman’s research that the school was talking about. And I almost wrote him off completely. Why? Because in doing basic due diligence, the Google pointed me to a news report of this celebrated historian talking absolute nonsense about the Second Amendment. “The Second Amendment is about the militia. It’s about protecting the right of the […]

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