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On Donald Trump’s Second Amendment Position

Politics and States

Our Founding Fathers knew, and our Supreme Court has upheld, that the Second Amendment’s purpose is to guarantee our right to defend ourselves and our families.

Putting aside Mr. Trump’s rhetoric, I find it interesting that he claims the Founding Fathers knew that the purpose of the Second Amendment was to guarantee the right of the individual to defend himself and his family. However, Mr. Trump may be a bit confused as to whom the individual is defending himself from: other individuals or the State?

We must look at the historical context of the Second Amendment to understand the Founding Fathers and their intentions with the Second Amendment (along with the other Amendments included in the original Bill of Rights).

Firstly, not all of the Founding Fathers agreed with the implementation of the Bill of Rights and the first Ten Amendments: it was the Republicans led by James Madison and…

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