The book is not just a pretty cover but also gives a good history of the Second Amendment, why it was included in the Bill of Rights, and how Madison crafted the two independent clauses of the Amendment to satisfy both the anti-federalists who feared an American version of the British habit of disarming the militia when they found it convenient, and the Federalists who feared that a permanent standing army would be a menace to liberty if citizens were ever disarmed. The original understanding of the purpose of the right to keep and bear arms was not merely to permit hunting, although that was one basis for it, but more importantly to prevent the government from becoming tyrannical and for self defense of the people from attack by criminals and dangerous animals. The author also covers the history of “gun control” and how it has been used throughout history to control minority groups. Whites in America after the Civil War, especially in the South, desperately wanted to keep the newly freed Black population from having access to firearms. After all, it’s much easier to lynch an unarmed man.
The newly discovered blessings of owning a gun by the women of America is a hopeful harbinger of the future of liberty.
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