Saturday, September 23, 2006
Incorporation of the Second Amendment
John Roland presents strong evidence that the 14th Amendment of the United States Constitution, ratified shortly after the end of the Civil War, was intentended to incorporate (as well as other parts of the Bill of Rights), as a restriction on States, the 2nd Amendment. It was incorporated in the form of an individual and equal right to keep and bear arms, even if, for the sake of argument, the original 2nd Amendment was not an individual right. There is also some evidence that the "liberty" part of the Due Process Clause was intended to protect, among other things, liberty of the house: that it included "... the right [of a person] to be safe and protected in that citadel of his love [i.e. his home] [and] ... to bear arms for the defense of himself and family and his homestead."