We all know that the 2nd amendment is our right to bear arms, but do we really know the extent of what that consists of? Here are five things you may not have known.
1: The 2nd Amendment isn’t so much to protect collective rights, but more of the individual’s rights
This just means that, although the wording uses “the people,” it is referring to individuals. Even the Supreme Court states, “it was clearly an individual right.”
The operative clause of the Second Amendment is “the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed,” which is used three times in the Bill of Rights. The Court explains that “All three of these instances unambiguously refer to individual rights, not ‘collective’ rights, or rights that may be exercised only through participation in some corporate body” (p. 5), adding “nowhere else in the Constitution does a ‘right’ attributed to “the people” refer to anything other than an individual right” (p. 6).
2: The primary purpose of the 2nd Amendment is personal self defense.
Yes, hunting is a wonderful, life sustaining use of guns. However, this is not the primary purpose of the 2nd Amendment covering our right to bear them.
The Court states “the core lawful purpose [is] self-defense” (p. 58), explaining the Founders “understood the right to enable individuals to defend themselves … the ‘right of self-preservation’ as permitting a citizen to ‘repe[l] force by force’ when ‘the intervention of society in his behalf, may be too late to prevent an injury’ (p.21). They conclude “th…
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