Now they’re saying the Second Amendment is racist.
A book released last week is the latest example of “garbage scholarship.” It claims that the Second Amendment wasn’t so much about the right of self-protection as it was to keep African Americans “powerless and vulnerable.”
Carol Anderson, the book’s author, is a professor of African American studies at Howard University.
She previously wrote “We Are Not Yet Equal: Understanding Our Racial Divide,” “One Person, No Vote: How Voter Suppression Is Destroying Our Democracy,” (also available in a Young Adult edition), and “White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide.”
Are we beginning to see a pattern here? An agenda?
Anderson’s latest, “The Second: Race and Guns in a Fatally Unequal America” carries that “Not Yet Equal” theme further.
In CNN’s promotion of the book, it reported her belief that the Second Amendment’s reference to “a well-regulated militia” was included “primarily to deal with potential slave revolts — not to repel a foreign army.”
The Second Amendment reads, “A well-regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms shall not be infringed.”
Anderson argues that, “James Madison crafted that language in order to mollify the concerns coming out of Virginia and the anti-Federalists, that they would still have full control over their state militias — and those militias were used in order to quell slave revolts.”
She concludes, “The Second Amendment really provided the cover, the assurances that Patrick Henry and George Mason needed, that the militias would not be controlled by the federal government, but that they would be controlled by the states and at the beck and call of the states to be able to put down these uprisings.”
That assessments is flawed. The Second Amendment has nothing to do with arming militias.
When the Bill of Rights — the first 10 amendments to the Constitution — was drafted, we had just fought a revolution against a tyrannical, overreaching government. It’s about arming the people to confront the militia belonging to such a government.
Note that the amendment says it’s “the right of the people to keep and bear arms” that “shall not be infringed” — not the right of the militia. It’s already understood that militias are armed.
That’s also clear from the correspondence of the Founders at the time.
In 1788 Samuel Adams told the Massachusetts convention ratifying the Constitution, “The Constitution shall never be construed to prevent the people of the United States who are peaceable citizens from keeping their own arms.”
George Washington declared on Jan. 8, 1790, during his first annual address to a joint session of Congress that “A free people ought not only to be armed, but disciplined…”
And more directly on point, in a Dec. 20, 1787 letter to James Madison, Thomas Jefferson wrote, “What country can preserve its liberties if their rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance. Let them take arms.”
The Supreme Court also made it clear that the Second Amendment is an individual right — not a right of a state militia.
In District of Columbia v. Heller, a 2008 case, the court held that the Second Amendment protects an individual right to possess a firearm unconnected with service in a militia. The court further held that the people may keep firearms that are "in common use at the time" for traditionally lawful purposes such as self-defense.
Two years later the court ruled in McDonald v. City of Chicago that the right of an individual to keep and bear arms is enforceable against the states — not just against the federal government.
Anderson is clearly “all in” on Critical Race Theory, which claims that Americans are either oppressed or oppressors, based solely on their skin color.
Podcaster and contributor to The Spectator Stephen L. Miller observed that proponents of the theory “are all in on CRT because they think it's the silver bullet to every issue they oppose. It's cultural Marxism dressed up as racism. And they aren't going to stop.”
Critical Race Theory is not only little more than an excuse for failure, but it also ignores reality.
Just ask the tens of thousands of people who’ve illegally crossed the southwest border since President Biden posted his welcome sign. They came for the opportunity that people like Anderson refuse to admit exists.
Liberals always search for an excuse for failure, while conservatives look for an opportunity for success.
And that’s why Democrats generally campaign on fear, while Republicans usually campaign on freedom.
Michael Dorstewitz is a retired lawyer and has been a frequent contributor to BizPac Review and Liberty Unyielding. He is also a former U.S. Merchant Marine officer and an enthusiastic Second Amendment supporter, who can often be found honing his skills at the range. Read Dorstewitz's Reports — More Here.
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