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THE SECOND AMENDMENT AIN'T ABOUT HUNTING
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Old but good article, just as important today.

THE SECOND AMENDMENT AIN'T ABOUT HUNTING
Howard Law Journal
34 (1991): 589
Thomas M. Moncure, Jr.*

Copyright 1991 by the Howard University School of Law; Thomas M. Moncure, Jr.

"The Second Amendment ain't about hunting." [1] The current debate concerning whether a particular gun is better suited for a hunting or sporting purpose completely misses the aim of the second amendment. The second amendment recognized a common law and natural law right, taken for granted as inalienable, to keep and bear arms. Additionally, the second amendment was directed at maintaining an armed citizenry for mutual defense, and perhaps most significantly, to protect against the tyranny of our own government. [2]

Colonial Americans possessed guns for a variety of purposes, including hunting, personal self-defense and mutual defense against the Indians, the Spanish, the Dutch, and the French. These necessities "put firearms in the hands of nearly everyone." [3] The only people denied this right, "Mulattoes, Negroes and Indians," were those who also enjoyed less than full benefits of citizenship. [4]

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