Skip to comments.How the NRA Rewrote the Second Amendment
Posted on 06/21/2014 9:04:11 PM PDT by ForYourChildren
How the NRA Rewrote the Second Amendment
The Founders never intended to create an unregulated individual right to a gun. Today, millions believe they did. Heres how it happened.
By MICHAEL WALDMAN
May 19, 2014
"A fraud on the American public. Thats how former Chief Justice Warren Burger described the idea that the Second Amendment gives an unfettered individual right to a gun. When he spoke these words to PBS in 1990, the rock-ribbed conservative appointed by Richard Nixon was expressing the longtime consensus of historians and judges across the political spectrum.
Twenty-five years later, Burgers view seems as quaint as a powdered wig. Not only is an individual right to a firearm widely accepted, but increasingly states are also passing laws to legalize carrying weapons on streets, in parks, in barseven in churches.
Many are startled to learn that the U.S. Supreme Court didnt rule that the Second Amendment guarantees an individuals right to own a gun until 2008, when District of Columbia v. Heller struck down the capitals law effectively banning handguns in the home. In fact, every other time the court had ruled previously, it had ruled otherwise. Why such a head-snapping turnaround? Dont look for answers in dusty law books or the arcane reaches of theory.
The distortions, lies, misrepresentations, and total lack of knowledge shouldn't be surprising, but it always does surprise me.
We live in a world gone insane, Animal Farm insane.
Ah, more anti-constitutional garbage from Politico, the premier phony news site, where all the failed writers from the Washington Compost eventually end up.
I have no doubt they’ll soon be hosting screeds from Jennifer Rube and that idiot from the plum line.
“By calling attention to ‘a well regulated militia’, the ‘security’ of the nation, and the right of each citizen ‘to keep and bear arms’, our founding fathers recognized the essentially civilian nature of our economy. Although it is extremely unlikely that the fears of governmental tyranny which gave rise to the Second Amendment will ever be a major danger to our nation, the Amendment still remains an important declaration of our basic civilian-military relationships, in which every citizen must be ready to participate in the defense of his country. For that reason, I believe the Second Amendment will always be important.”
-Senator John F. Kennedy,rightwing extremist, April 1960
“Certainly one of the chief guarantees of freedom under any government, no matter how popular and respected, is the right of citizens to keep and bear arms. This is not to say that firearms should not be very carefully used and that definite safety rules of precaution should not be taught and enforced. But the right of citizens to bear arms is just one more guarantee against arbitrary government, and one more safeguard against tyranny which now appears remote in America, but which historically has proved to be always possible.” -Hubert H. Humphrey,bitter clinger,Guns magazine, February 1960, p.6
How the NRA stopped us from ignoring the Second Amendment.
People owned cannons on their private ships in those days!
Michael Waldman doesn’t appear to have read any of the writings of the founders on arms.
Where does this braindead dildo, Waldmann, get his information? Mein Kampf? The Communist Manifesto?
Yes, but Yahoo is reposting it from Politico.
Politco scribblers are Newsweak and ComPost rejects.
If these chodes would do their homework and read the Founders’ words on the 2nd Amendment, they couldn’t write tripe like this.
Yahoo are even less relevant. They recently slurred Christians as ‘Holy Rollers’ in an official ‘gay’ article
Hey Mikey! Try to focus and I’ll ‘esplain” it to you. Who were the Bill of Rights intended for? I won’t mention any names but their initials are THE AMERICAN PEOPLE you moron. Now, why would the founders think it necessary for the government to have the right to form the National Guard? Are you stupid or what?
The NRA is preventing tyranny you morons.
WHat makes you think reading what the Founders said and wrote about the 2nd Amendment would make then NOT write the lies they do IronJack....these puddles of runny excrement will write anything.
I cannot imagine their next try at throwing "" at the wall.
You are full of crap an uneducated lout.
Drunk with reducing your fellow man to subservience of the ruling class.
You are as wrong as a three dollar bill.
This is a liberal jackass from the NYU “School of Law”. He’s pimping his phony baloney book about how the Bill of Rights were intended for government use only. What a jerk.
Son and I went shooting today.
Just finished cleaning the 22 pistol, 22 rifle, .380 pistol, 9mm pistol and the AR.
Was a great day.
One thing about the left is that they always give you plenty of warning about what they are up to.
They keep hammering away at the 2nd amendment, just like global warming, and normalizing homosexuality.
Out of all the nonsense they push, disarming the American public is really the most important. Once that is done, they can ram whatever they like down our throats.
Bullcrap! Read the Founder's own words. Next!