The Second Amendment has Never Covered Kenosha Shooter Kyle Rittenhouse

The Second Amendment has Never Covered Kenosha Shooter Kyle Rittenhouse

News at Home tags: Second Amendment , militia , Protest , paramilitary , Kenosha Noah Shusterman is Associate Professor of History at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and is the author of Armed Citizens: The Road from Ancient Rome to the Second Amendment. Follow him at @ncshusterman Kenosha shooter Kyle Rittenhouse’s lawyer made headlines recently when he claimed that his client’s gun possession fell under the “well regulated militia” clause of the Second Amendment. The claim was novel, at best; the Supreme Court rulings striking down some gun control laws have made a point to not strike down the very idea of gun control. Even for those eager to see both some level of sanity in US gun laws and some measure of justice for the men killed in Kenosha, the proposed defense was enough to raise questions about the lawyer who made them – John Pierce, whose past clients include Rudy Giuliani – and about the competence of Rittenhouse’s representation. Experts in modern case law have already made clear that Mr. Pierce’s claims about a member of the militia having the right to carry any weapon anywhere lack any legal validity. Those claims also lack historical merit, and that they could get as far as they have is one more sign of the general ignorance in today’s America about what the militia was when the Bill of Rights was written and, therefore, what the Second Amendment was supposed to accomplish. So first things first: Rittenhouse was not […]

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