Second Amendment in the Crosshairs

Second Amendment in the Crosshairs

In 2008, the District of Columbia v. Heller decision finally affirmed what the Founders knew all along: that the Second Amendment refers to an individual right to keep and bear arms, rather than a collective one meant strictly for militias. Like nearly every other amendment in the Bill of Rights, the Second was meant to empower individuals, not government. “The notion,” wrote David Harsanyi in 2018, “of individual ownership of firearms was so unmistakable and so omnipresent in colonial days — and beyond — that Americans saw no more need to debate its existence than they did the right to drink water or breathe the air. Not a single Minuteman was asked to hand his musket over to the Continental Congress after chasing the British back to Boston. If they had been, the Revolution would have been short-lived, indeed.” Still, the Heller decision hasn’t deterred the Left from its desire to restrict the gun rights of the citizenry. Like a hardy perennial, the gun grabbers keep reappearing even as cooler election-conscious heads within the Democrat caucus always seem to prevail. But this time just feels a bit different. Joe Biden has a pen and a phone, and the radical elements of his party seem especially emboldened by both his diminished cognitive capacity and by “the fierce urgency of now.” One need only consider the continued presence of thousands of National Guard troops in our nation’s capital to be reminded of the Left’s willingness to use the power of the […]

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