History of the 2nd Amendment

Posted: October 5, 2013 in History of the 2nd Amendment, US 2nd Amendment History

This is an outstanding research article whose conclusion is very simple. The purpose of the 2nd Amendment was to provide the people the ability to protect themselves against the government. The militia was the means by which this was to be done and the populace was the militia. The 2nd amendment is protects the individual’s unalienable right to possess weapons.  The last two paragraphs state:

“English history made two things clear to the American revolutionaries: force of arms was the
only effective check on government, and standing armies threatened liberty. Recognition of these premises meant that the force of arms necessary to check government had to be placed in the hands of citizens. The English theorists Blackstone and Harrington advocated these tenants. Because the public purpose of the right to keep arms was to check government, the right necessarily belonged to the individual and, as a matter of theory, was thought to be absolute in that it could not be abrogated by the prevailing rulers.

These views were adopted by the framers, both Federalists and Antifederalists. Neither group trusted government. Both believed the greatest danger to the new republic was tyrannical government and that the ultimate check on tyranny was an armed population. It is beyond dispute that the second amendment right was to serve the same public purpose as advocated by the English theorists. The check on all government, not simply the federal government, was the armed population, the militia. Government would not be accorded the power to create a select militia since such a body would become the government’s instrument. The whole of the population would comprise the militia. As the constitutional debates prove, the framers recognized that the common public purpose of preserving freedom would be served by protecting each individual’s right to arms, thus empowering the people to resist tyranny and preserve the republic. The intent was not to create a right for other (pg.1039) governments, the individual states; it was to preserve the people’s right to a free state, just as it says.”

History of the 2nd amendment

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Comments
  1. jColes says:

    Written in tedious academic style but fascinating.

  2. Bo Perrin says:

    Sorry, I can’t help the style! 🙂

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