The Second Amendment means many things to many people. Why did the framers endow armed militias with a special place in the Bill of Rights? The federal courts have contradicted one another.
In the end, it is up to 'We The People' to determine what regulations should be placed on gun ownership. Freedom of speech under the First Amendment is not an absolute right; it has limits. So what about the Second?
In this brief video, I assess the origins of the Second Amendment from colonial times. How does it apply to modern day Americans? Whatever your views on guns and the Second Amendment, I urge you to register to vote and make your views known in the voting booth on every election day.
What Does It Mean for Today?
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