Second Amendment Is Not About Guns But ‘Anti-Blackness’, Historian Argues

Second Amendment Is Not About Guns But ‘Anti-Blackness’, Historian Argues

Historian Carol Anderson has argued that the Second Amendment is about ‘anti-Blackness’, rather than individual or state gun control. The Second Amendment was written in 1791 and states that US citizens have the right ‘to keep and bear Arms,’ and describes a ‘well regulated Militia’ as being ‘necessary to the security of a free State’. Supporters of gun rights say the amendment was initially created so citizens had an opportunity to fight back against tyrannical governments both in the US and abroad, if necessary, and was made with state militias in mind rather than all citizens. Meanwhile, others have argued the amendment was created to allow everyone in the country to bear arms if they wanted to, as a way of protecting themselves if in danger, Live Science reports. More than 200 years later, the amendment still remains subject to intense scrutiny, with people continuing to have differing opinions on the matter. In her new book The Second: Race and Guns in a Fatally Unequal America, historian Carol Anderson, argues the Second Amendment was made with ‘anti-Blackness’ in mind, rather than guns, suggesting the law ‘was designed and has consistently been constructed to keep African-Americans powerless and vulnerable.’ Anderson, a professor of African American Studies at Emory University, makes some strong points in the book, and notes that while the US’s Founding Fathers were debating the amendment, some expressed more concern about armed Black citizens than threats they faced from British military, CNN reports. Regarding the ‘well regulated militia’ […]

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