The Hidden History of the 2nd Amendment

Professor Carl T. Bogus, Professor of Law at Roger Williams University, Rhode Island, author of The Hidden History of the 2nd Amendment, joins Thom Hartmann.


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Florida Watcher 4 years 42 weeks ago

I listedned to the statement from the professor and will review his research further. While I am not a supporter of military assualt guns, nor do i personally own a gun, I don't understand how the professor can intepret the 2nd amendment as being solely for slaveholders.

The initial words as written in the 2nd amendment included "the right to bear arms shall not be infringed" I understaand the words were changed to State from country to address Patrick Henry's concern. That does not mean the 2nd amendment was written solely to support slave parties. If the second amendment would have been accepted as originally drafted there would still be the same basic "right to bear arms."

It is a stretch at best and diengenuous at worst to interpret the change in Madison's words to "State" (to support the South's request/demands) as now meaning the 2nd Amendment was ONLY written to support slave holders rights.

The case for disallowing guns should be argued on the merits surrounding the case that stand scrutiny.The interpretation as put forth by Bogus and Mr. Hartmann does not stand the test.