Judge Barrett and 2nd Amendment revisited

Judge Barrett and 2nd Amendment revisited

At Judge Amy Coney Barret’s recent confirmation hearing for a seat on the U.S. Supreme Court, she stated that the 2nd Amendment grants individuals the right to bear arms for self-defense. But her statement is false. Anyone familiar with the actual text of this amendment and its purpose, as defined by both its prefatory clause and the framers’ intent articulated in the Federalist papers, knows (or should know) that it does not grant individuals a constitutional right to bear or own arms for self-defense. For well over two centuries the Supreme Court never decided that the 2nd Amendment granted individuals such a right, and there is no indication that the Constitution’s framers ever intended to enshrine the common-law right of self-defense in that amendment or elsewhere in our Constitution. The commonly held, but false belief by Judge Barrett that individuals have a constitutional right to bear arms for self-defense is an example of what Plato referred as a “noble lie,” a belief that, though untrue, is propagated and perpetuated to sustain public accord by inducing citizens to accept as true and legitimate. This “noble lie” has been sustained by both pro-gun politicians using fear mongering to uphold this country’s gun culture and by propaganda from the NRA for its own self-interests and for corporate profits of gun manufacturers. Former Supreme Court Chief Justice Warren Burger said, the 2nd Amendment “…has been the subject of one of the biggest pieces of fraud, I repeat the word, fraud, on the American […]

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