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David French on Gun Control

 

 


Don't rewrite the meaning of the Second Amendment

There is no doubt about where the staff writer for National Review stands on a host of issues central to the heart of the conservative wing of the Republican Party. On the 'potential confiscation of weapons':

"The next Supreme Court justice will hold the balance of power in the next Second Amendment case, a case that could either reaffirm the textual, historical, and philosophical meaning of the Second Amendment, or rewrite history and undermine a fundamental right of a free people. Any judicial ruling that rejects an individual right to keep and bear arms would permit any future liberal majorities in Congress to pass draconian gun-control bills, including potential confiscation of weapons."--April 13

Source: Politico.com on 2016 presidential hopefuls , Jun 1, 2016

Second Amendment is an individual, not a collective, right

Progressives like to insist that the Second Amendment protects a collective, rather than an individual, right to "keep and bear arms." Or, put another way, they say that the only right Americans have to the ownership of lethal weaponry exists within the context of state-sanctioned military service.

In 2008, the Supreme Court decided the landmark case of District of Columbia v. Heller, ruling--by a bare 5-4 majority--that this relatively recent view is incorrect. The Second Amendment, the majority concluded, protects the rights of the individual.

Naturally, neither the Constitution nor the Bill of Rights spells out every individual liberty. But, in the face of pressure from those who were skeptical of the new government, a few core rights were given special protections to which the people might appeal if the government attempted to take them away, including the Second Amendment.

Source: David French column in National Review, "Second amendment" , Apr 13, 2015

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