War is being waged over our Constitution.

The first under attack is its lynchpin, the Second Amendment, which was put in place by the founding fathers as the final line of defense against those who would attack the Constitution as a whole. The Constitution has proven to be the greatest champion and protector of liberty in human history, and it is worth defending.

It has been observed that truth is the first casualty of war, and nowhere has this been better illustrated than in the spurious assertions regarding the Second Amendment. Politicians who are sworn to uphold the Constitution surely know better. Whatever their motives, the opponents of the Second Amendment now believe they have a favorable political climate in which to strike. However, falsehoods, whether they are outright fabrications, exaggerations, omissions or well-repeated myths, are vulnerable targets. Their remedy is the simple truth. In this case, the truth is readily at hand, thanks in no small part to the monumental and encyclopedic research of Guy Smith, who has painstakingly compiled in one work a priceless body of hard facts and well-examined history. Smith’s e-book Gun Facts is free to individuals at the website.

Those who would question the meaning of the Second Amendment have been free to refocus their attacks on whatever they think best plays to the voters. Perhaps truth is a relative thing if you regard the Constitution as a living entity that can be trained up a trellis that suits your current purpose.

In the days before the Supreme Court had deigned to specifically review the matter, it was often claimed that the Second Amendment didn’t apply to individual citizens because it references a “well-regulated militia.” This, they said, was a reference to the National Guard, not to a mother at home with her children huddled behind her as a maniac breaks down the front door. One of the most obvious problems with this rationale is that the National Guard Bureau was created by the Militia Act of 1903, some 100 years after the Second Amendment was penned. Fortunately for history, when the framers wrote the succinct Bill of Rights, they left us a body of correspondence relating to what rights must be protected and why. According to contemporary writers, the members of a “militia” included every citizen able to stand up and fight in concert. “Regulated” as used in those days, and in the Constitution in particular, meant to equip in a regular or adequate fashion, not to control like a steam regulator valve or zoning regulation.

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