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The Second Amendment Paperback – June 26, 2000
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"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.Read more ›
Reading Time: About 1 hour.
Disposition: A home on my bookshelf.
1)America's earliest legal commentaries.
2)Writings of the Founding fathers.
3)Early State laws.
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.
Its divided into five chapters: Early Legal Commentaries, Views of the Founding Fathers, Early Legislative Acts, State Constitutions, Conclusions and Solutions.
The 2nd. Amendment was NEVER about "sporting purposes" or about the military.
The Chapter regarding the views of our Founding Fathers basically tells you all you need to know, debunking all the lefto-hystrionics that have plagued us for the last 50 years. Considering the fact that most nations have utilized their standing armies as a means of force in oppressing their own citizens, ...the Founding Fathers were generally emphatically opposed to the idea of establishing any such army in the new nation. America was unique in endorsing the free citizenry to be armed for their own defense. Of course, with the events of 1812, it became intensely clear that America needed a standing army for national survival. The British invasion also THOROUGHLY JUSTIFIED the 2nd. Amendment in terms of empowering the citizenry, the militia, to contribute to national defense in support of a federal or state military force.
"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."
Revolutionary soldier, legislator, author of Article 1, section 8, P8 of the U.S. Constitution
Thank you Mr. Webster, that summarizes it entirely!
many prominent world-leaders endorsed disarming the citizenry of their nations. You should know who they are: Josef Stalin, Adolf Hitler, Mao Tze Tung, Pol Pot, Kim Il Sung, Vladimir Lenin, Idi Amin...
The bottom line:
"Gun-control" is UN-American and ANTI-Constitutional. End of debate.
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Beyond PC, David Barton's brevity but solid research in history, adds to a healthier and much more complete understanding of the 2nd amendment.Published 2 days ago by David Wells
David Barton is the premier historian especially in American history. Everyone should read this book and get a true insight on why our Founding Fathers included it in the 10... Read morePublished 24 days ago by G. Pounds
This is a must read book if you wonder about the importance of the 2nd amendment or if you wonder at all if the amendment is referring to individuals having guns vs a militia. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Dodgervet
Excellent book with almost a third of its pages being the endnotes to the many references. This is a must read and is only 63 pages before the endnotes. Read morePublished 1 month ago by R. Sorensen