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(Some historians who filed a Supreme Court brief for D.C. take the exact opposite approach — “for the common defence” is somehow redundant, but the definition was removed to keep the government from having to maintain the entire population as a “well regulated” militia.)
The gun debate, not to mention gun technology, has changed significantly since the Founding era. The Constitution didn’t spring from concerns about protection against crime, and there’s no obvious way to decide what modern guns the Framers would have defined as “Arms.”
But there’s no doubt at all that the Second Amendment secures the right of the citizens to own guns. A read through The Founders’ View of the Right to Bear Arms is a great way to understand that.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?