Response to ‘The 2nd Amendment doesn’t say that:’ Actually, it does

Response to ‘The 2nd Amendment doesn’t say that:’ Actually, it does

A boy at a 2018 Second Amendment rally in Hartford. Marlese Lessing This piece is in response to Mark Robinson’s Viewpoint on April 25 “ The 2nd Amendment doesn’t say that. ” My response to Robinson is that it sure as hell does. In his piece, Robinson states that we need to “adjust” our understanding of the Second Amendment in that it was not written for an individual to carry a firearm. The only one whose understanding needs adjusting is Robinson’s. The rights outlined in the Bill of Rights were understood to be god given inalienable rights. The U.S. Constitution was not written to give permission to the people but to the government as a boundary, protecting the people’s god-given rights. Both presently and during the writing of the Constitution, a militia was understood to be made up of a “body of citizens.” These militias were armed from the citizens that made them up with their own, wait for it, individual weapons. It was understood that individual arms were necessary to the militia and was reiterated in the Supreme Court’s 2008 landmark Heller decision in which Justice Antonin Scalia’s majority opinion expressed “as the founding generation knew that “the way tyrants had eliminated a militia … was not by banning the militia but simply by taking away the people’s arms, enabling a select militia or standing army to suppress political opponents.” The intent was not on preserving the actual physical militias but instead preserving the individual’s right to the […]

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