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Thursday, 17 January 2013

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Mannie Sherberg
There's no question that our right to bear arms pre-dates the adoption of the Bill of Rights. The second sentence of the Declaration of Independence refers to "certain unalienable rights," and then says that "among" these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. The "among" is absolutely crucial; it plainly implies that the three specified rights are not the only rights with which we have been endowed; they are merely examples of a larger group. Within two years of the adoption of the Constitution, a decision was taken to formalize the rights not mentioned in the Declaration -- and the Bill of Rights, including, of course, the right to bear arms, was adopted. There's no question that the right to bear arms was there all along, nestled -- but unmentioned -- in the Declaration. And there's no question that the idea, as Erickson says, goes back even further than the Declaration. Those who believe the Second Amendment can be changed at whim -- like the packaging on a box of breakfast cereal -- are ignorant of some of the most noble events in the history of Western Civilization.
Yael
One hardly ever hears the word, noble, in Obama's America. It is "gone but not forgotten" -- or more optimistically, "gone dormant, but not forgotten." Thank you, Mannie, as always, for your insightful commentary. I may not regularly respond, but I always appreciate it. -Yael

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