The Supreme Court Gave Gun Control a Thread of Hope in 2008 ... But ...
The Dirty Truth About Resistance to Gun Control
want.” Gerson goes on to quote the National Review’s David French as summarizing this position as “the concept of an armed citizenry as a final, emergency bulwark against tyranny.”
Gerson and French
So are we right back where we were when Madison and Mason, with a nervous Alexander Hamilton probably pacing up and down in the hallway, came up with the idea of the Second Amendment, really to protect slavery.
The idea of an armed citizenry as a bulwark against tyranny was there in 1789 and it is still there today. That’s why there are part-time “militias” practicing tactics in the woods of Idaho, and elsewhere, today. In 1789, the memories of iron-handed rule by the British remained. Some States wanted a guarantee that the new nation’s Federal government would not resort to similar tactics. That’s why they had fought the Revolution a few years earlier. In 1789, “the right of the people to bear arms” was the answer. In the minds of many today, that’s what the battle over gun control is still about now that slavery, which was an excuse for 72 years, no longer clouds the real issue.