Despite the Second Amendment’s clearly worded mandate declaring that “the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed,” some continue to pretend it’s a collective right, not an individual right.
The U.S. Senate’s official website offers the latest example. Its explanation of the U.S. Constitution revises both the plain language of the Second Amendment and the Supreme Court’s interpretations of it by describing it like this:
“Whether this provision protects the individual’s right to own firearms or whether it deals only with the collective right of the people to arm and maintain a militia has long been debated.”
The Bill of Rights — the first 10 amendments to the Constitution — was drafted to protect individual rights.
Breitbart News reported:
In District of Columbia v. Heller (2008) they ruled: “The Second Amendment protects an individual right to possess a firearm unconnected with service in a militia.” In McDonald v. Chicago (2010) Associate Justice Samuel Alito referenced the Heller decision to make the same point in a different but equally clear manner: “In Heller, we held that individual self-defense is ‘the central component’ of the Second Amendment right.”
A textbook in use by some Texas high schools took this “collective right” concept even further, saying, “The people have a right to keep and bear arms in a state militia.”
Liberals always seem to get hung up by the opening phrase of the Second Amendment: “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State….”
The Las Vegas illusionist team of Penn and Teller gave what has to be the best explanation of the amendment’s language, posted in the following YouTube video. Warning, strong language at the very end.
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