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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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 84 pages
  • Publisher: WallBuilder Press; 1st edition (June 26, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0925279773
  • ISBN-13: 978-0925279774
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.2 x 7.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (217 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #36,892 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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This is a small book that gives a fairly simplistic synopsis everything 2nd Amendment. For those of you looking for great detail, you may be dissappointed. For those who want a quick down on dirty of how the 2nd Amendment came to be, you should be happy with this purchase. I do find it to be a good source of historical information on how the 2nd Amendment was incorporated into the Bill of Rights, and what the founding father's intentions were. There is no doubt that gun control advocates will hate this book.
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A quick and expediant pocket-sized booklet on YOUR RIGHT to KEEP AND BEAR ARMS.

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."
-Noah Webster
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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