Honestly, if it was just someone like David Hogg making this argument on social media, I probably would have just ignored his tweets from Sunday evening. But in the wake of the Bruen decision the anti-gun left is making a renewed push to claim the Supreme Court is getting the Second Amendment all wrong; that the right of the people to keep and bear arms is actually a right of the states to form a militia, and one that’s utterly out of date now that we have the National Guard.
You have no right to a gun. You are not a militia. When you’re talking about your second amendment rights you’re talking about a states right to have what is today the national guard. The modern interpretation of 2A is a ridiculous fraud pushed for decades by the gun lobby.
— David Hogg ☮️ (@davidhogg111) February 26, 2023
It’s a ridiculous argument, and one that’s easily countered by the weight of historical evidence; from Pennsylvania’s 1776 and 1790 state constitution protecting the right of the people to keep and bear arms “in defense of themselves and the state” to James Madison’s assertion in Federalist 46 that the United States, unlike European monarchies, were not afraid “to trust the people with arms”. On Sunday evening, thre were plenty of Second Amendment supporters offering up additional counters to Hogg’s invented history.
K thx David.
Lysander Spooner, “The Unconstitutionality of Slavery”, 1856. https://t.co/nSgmZSomao pic.twitter.com/tCe0AeKHEr
— Kostas Moros (@MorosKostas) February 26, 2023
Leaving aside how hilariously wrong his claim is historically, he’s arguing, in effect, that Americans have the individual right to join a state organization over which the federal government has plenary control. That’s lunacy.
— Charles C. W. Cooke (@charlescwcooke) February 27, 2023
You have no right to free speech.
You are not the press. You are not an establishment of religion.
The modern interpretation of the 1A is a ridiculous fraud pushed for decades by the free speech lobby.
See how that fucking works? pic.twitter.com/M7RZ9EZPyo
— Brandon Herrera (@TheAKGuy) February 27, 2023
Which other amendment was granting rights to the states? I mean the tenth amendment specifically said anything not listed in the constitution was left to the states but amendments 1-9 specifically apply to limit the Federal Government from abusing the people, so your argument is… https://t.co/G93yPPJeve
— Jim Satala (@JimSatala) February 27, 2023
— ☘️Tabatha- SSG Ginger (ret) 🇺🇸🏴🇮🇪 (@Winning4Him) February 27, 2023
If Hogg and his fellow prohibitionists wanted to take an honest approach to eradicating the right to keep and bear arms, they’d be trying to repeal the Second Amendment. But because there’s virtually no chance that the American people would ever back repeal they’re left arguing that the Second Amendment doesn’t mean what it says, that it was never seen as protecting an individual right until the 1960s or 70s, and that instead of outright repeal all that’s necessary is to overturn the Court’s decision in Heller. Once that’s done, the right will supposedly disappear… though Hogg never did say what he thought would happen with the roughly 400-million firearms in the hands of we the people afterwards. Guess they haven’t gotten around to discussing that in his classes at Harvard yet, but I’m sure if they do he’ll quickly be parroting the talking points of his professors.