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Saturday, March 10, 2007

2nd Amendment Vindicated, 31 Years Late

This Breitbart piece is welcome news to those who hold their 2nd Amendment rights to be sacred. The draconian anti gun laws of Washington, DC have finally been found to be in violation of the 2nd Amendment. Click the title bar as a link. Go
herefor the actual document in pdf format.

Here's a taste:
To summarize, we conclude that the Second Amendment
protects an individual right to keep and bear arms. That right
existed prior to the formation of the new government under the
Constitution and was premised on the private use of arms for
activities such as hunting and self-defense, the latter being
understood as resistance to either private lawlessness or the
depredations of a tyrannical government (or a threat from
abroad). In addition, the right to keep and bear arms had the
important and salutary civic purpose of helping to preserve the
citizen militia. The civic purpose was also a political expedient
for the Federalists in the First Congress as it served, in part, to
placate their Antifederalist opponents. The individual right
facilitated militia service by ensuring that citizens would not be
barred from keeping the arms they would need when called forth
for militia duty. Despite the importance of the Second
Amendment’s civic purpose, however, the activities it protects
are not limited to militia service, nor is an individual’s
enjoyment of the right contingent upon his or her continued or
intermittent enrollment in the militia.

I'll be back



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