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November 20, 2007

THE SECOND AMENDMENT TERM? Read these comments from Prof. Mike O'Shea. They're from last summer, but they're totally on point.

And there are multiple posts at The Volokh Conspiracy that are worth your time.

UPDATE: Rudy Giuliani weighs in: "I strongly believe that Judge Silberman’s decision deserves to be upheld by the Supreme Court. The Parker decision is an excellent example of a judge looking to find the meaning of the words in the Constitution, not what he would like them to mean." This should help him with the gun-rights folks.

ANOTHER UPDATE: Fred Thompson comments: "The Second Amendment does more than guarantee to all Americans an unalienable right to defend one’s self. William Blackstone, the 18th century English legal commentator whose works were well-read and relied on by the Framers of our Constitution, observed that the right to keep and bear firearms arises from 'the natural right of resistance and self-preservation.' This view, reflected in the Second Amendment, promotes both self-defense and liberty."

MORE: David Hardy has thoughts on the question presented.

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