A Constitutional Look at The Second Amendment

Richard C. Young
December 28, 2012

“There is no legitimate exception to the Second Amendment for military-style weapons, because military-style weapons are precisely what the Second Amendment guarantees our right to keep and bear. The purpose of the Second Amendment is to secure our ability to oppose enemies foreign and domestic, a guarantee against disorder and tyranny.”

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Kevin D, Williamson, writing at National Review, is right on the money here. Mr. Williamson continues, “Consider the words of Supreme Court Justice Joseph Story—who was, it bears noting, appointed to the Supreme Court by the guy who wrote the Constitution.” Story wrote, “The right of citizens to keep and bear arms has justly been considered, as the palladium of the liberties of the republic; since it offers a strong moral check against the usurpation and arbitrary power of the rulers; and will generally, even if these are successful in the first instance, enable the people to resist and triumph over them.”

Kevin Williamson follows up with a frightening look at the organized-crime activities of the Department of Homeland Security. Mr. Williamson concludes, “Power corrupts. Madison knew that, and the founders did, which is why we have a Second Amendment”


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