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Product Details

  • Paperback: 84 pages
  • Publisher: WallBuilder Press; 1st edition (June 26, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0925279773
  • ISBN-13: 978-0925279774
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 6.1 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (165 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #65,857 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

David Barton is the founder of WallBuilders, an organization dedicated to presenting America's forgotten history and heroes, with an emphasis on our moral, religious, and constitutional heritage. David is author of numerous best-selling works and a national award-winning historian who brings a fresh perspective to history.

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David Barton is the founder of WallBuilders, an organization dedicated to presenting America's forgotten history and heroes, with an emphasis on our moral, religious, and constitutional heritage. David is author of numerous best-selling works and a national award-winning historian who brings a fresh perspective to history.

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Very informative and overall well written and documented.
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I found it amazing they actually have the second amendment to protect ourselves against a tyrannical government.
Pete
If you have any doubt about what they meant by adopting this basic right all I can say is read this book.
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161 of 184 people found the following review helpful By STEPHEN T. McCARTHY on March 30, 2007
Format: Paperback
DAVID BARTON begins his informative little booklet, THE SECOND AMENDMENT: Preserving The Inalienable Right Of Individual Self-Protection, by giving the reader a few excerpts from recent articles printed by mainstream American publications and statements made by prominent sources which display the reinterpretation of the U.S. Constitution's Second Amendment by the anti-firearm crowd. He then, in just 58 pages of text (not including the Endnotes) absolutely blows their position to smithereens! I mean, it's like shooting a sleeping flea on a dead dog with a howitzer. Barton's booklet hits the bull's-eye!

"There is no individual right to bear arms in the Bill of Rights."
~ USA TODAY; December 28, 1994.

"The sale, manufacture, and possession of handguns ought to be banned ... We do not believe the 2nd Amendment guarantees an individual right to keep them."
~ The Washington Post; November 5, 1999.

"There is no reason for anyone in the country, for anyone except a police officer or a military person, to buy, to own, to have, to use, a handgun."
~ Michael Gartner; former president of NBC News, January 16, 1992.

"Except for lawful police and military purposes, the possession of weapons by individuals is not constitutionally protected."
~ The ACLU; policy statement #47, 1996.

The above are just a few samples of the modern misinterpretations and/or outright deceptions that David Barton lays to waste in this compact, but information-loaded and solidly documented booklet.
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124 of 144 people found the following review helpful By Randall D. Dunning on February 12, 2001
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Barton scores another direct hit with his latest book. Using his highly successful approach to historical research, Barton brings the wisdom of the Founding Fathers clearly to bear on yet another crucial public policy debate. The author deftly impales the postmodern reinterpretation of the Right to Keep and Bear Arms on the twin horns of historical fact and legal precedent, condemning the gun control argument with the Founder's own words. The book is well written and highly readable even for students at the secondary level. I highly recommend this as a must read for any citizen who wishes to know the truth in the midst of the current "American Gun War".
Reading Time: About 1 hour.
Disposition: A home on my bookshelf.
Affordability: Bargain!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By jfield1 on December 22, 2012
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When I joined the Air Force I swore an oath to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States. When I became a federal employee I swore an oath to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States. When a President is sworn into office he or she repeats these words, ""I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States." I don't see how anyone can easily fritter away the rights on which all of our freedoms are based, including the Second Amendment. For an excellent revisiting of what the Founding Fathers (consistently and almost all-inclusively) believed about every person having the inherent right to protect life, limb and property, this book is a superior review of first source documentation of their thoughts and words, public and private. It is also interesting that virtually all the states at the founding of the United States included in their state constitutions more detailed and emphatic requirements for their citizens to own, keep and carry arms based on a personal right that no one is permitted to take away.
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48 of 61 people found the following review helpful By J.L. Populist on July 25, 2008
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In this small booklet David Barton sets out to prove that the Second Amendment right to bear arms is an individual, not a collective right. He proves this rather effectively by examining four items.
1)America's earliest legal commentaries.
2)Writings of the Founding fathers.
3)Early State laws.
4)State Constitutions.

Mr. Barton provides a large number of quotes like a sampling I'll share:

"The first and fundamental rule in the interpretation of all [documents] is to construe them according to the sense of the terms and the intention of the parties."- Justice Joseph Story.

"The great object is that every man be armed."- Patrick Henry.

"It is essential that the whole body of the people always possess arms and be taught alike, especially when young, how to use them."- Richard Henry Lee.

And there is this word of caution from Noah Webster- "Before a standing army can rule,the people must be disarmed-as they are in almost every kingdom in Europe. The supreme power in America cannot enforce unjust laws by the sword because the whole body of the people are armed."

As the author accurately states in the booklet, the Second Amendment serves to protect what was frequently termed "the first law of nature", the right of self protection.

The only means to "modernize" the Constitution is through the amendment process. Another words, by the people, not by interpretation of the courts.

The Second Amendment basically offers a means of protection from a hostile government or home invader.

This booklet is thoughtfully written and well documented with large Endnotes and Bibliography sections at the back of the booklet.
I highly recommend it.
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