Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Living, Breathing Constitution Update #3

It's hard to read exactly what changes the Constitution inflicted on itself in the 2nd Amendment since 1796. However there are two schools of thought on how that clause reads today.

The Conservative or "Hestonian" theory posits that the 2nd Amendment now reads thus:

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.

On the other hand, the liberal "Brady / Nonmonkean" faction feels the 2nd Amendment reads this way:

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.

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