Myths about the Second Amendment

Myths about the Second Amendment

If one knows the true reason for the Second Amendment, then present-day myths become obvious. To understand the reason for the Second Amendment, the best source is from historians who actually study the times and writings of the Framers of the U.S. Constitution. The best description I have found to express the intent of the framers of the Second Amendment is by Saul Cornell, from page 2 of his book, “A Well Regulated Militia”: “The original understanding of the Second Amendment was neither an individual’s right of self-defense nor a collective right of states, but rather a civic right that guaranteed that citizens would be able to keep and bear those arms needed to meet their legal obligations to participate in a well-regulated militia…” This view solves three problems. First, it keeps the Second Amendment together as a single statement. Second, it recognizes the controversies and compromises between Federalists and Anti- Federalists. Third, as the Bill of Rights presented individual rights, the Second Amendment expressed an individual’s right to keep and bear arms as a member of a state militia. From a misunderstanding of the original intent of the Second Amendment has evolved a number of myths, — starting with many books that advocate gun rights by authors who view the Second Amendment with contemporary eyes and cherry-picked data. Likewise, since the beginning of the 20th century, the National Rife Association has created a myth about gun rights. Simply put, it has only paid attention to the last half […]

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