January 5, 2013

The Misunderstood Second

In the wake of a national tragedy, some on both sides of the debate over guns may be misinterpreting the 2nd amendment to serve their proposed solution. The idea of a 2nd goes back to history, common understood rights and state ratification conventions. There are things that the 2nd does and does not do, and its important to note these. As we discuss in this cast, the 2nd is an individual right but not one without limits. we talk about the history of the amendment and the recent Supreme Court decisions, how some of the proposed solutions measure up to constitutionality, and how today's usage relates to the early American understanding of the concept.