Unsurprising to anyone, David Hogg did some research on the Second Amendment and determined that it confirmed everything he already believed was true.
History and law professors have, of course, long been an unbiased source on the topic of gun rights and the Second Amendment. LOL.
After reading about the history of the second amend and talking with a lot of hist & law professors- I believe the second amendment has been intentionally misinterpreted. It was never meant as an individual right it was created to protect state militias like the national guard.
— David Hogg ☮️ (@davidhogg111) February 19, 2023
That’s right, the text ‘the right of the people’ somehow means the Framers were protecting state militias ‘like the national guard’ in the mind of David Hogg and his professors.
It says well regulated militia for a reason. The “shall not be infringed” part means the federal government is not allowed to forcibly disarm state militias. I’m not alone in this interpretation. Over 100 years of jurisprudence back me up on this.
— David Hogg ☮️ (@davidhogg111) February 19, 2023
It’s amazing Hogg can detach the ‘shall not be infringed’ part from the ‘right of the people to keep and bear Arms’ text that immediately precedes it and expect you to buy it.
The actual text of the Second Amendment, without the Hogg filter:
‘A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.’
The Second Amendment exists to remind those who feared a too-powerful federal government that, unlike most other nations, the American people were armed. Madison made this exact point in Federalist 46.
Unfortunately for David Hogg, his research, and his professors, the Supreme Court has decided otherwise.
It was absolutely an individual right. We understand that you want to take our guns, you’ll never get them though.
— Libertarian Party of Tennessee (@LPTN1776) February 19, 2023
In our best wig-wearing formerly-British voice: ‘Hear! Hear!’
I’m glad that, after reading about history and talking with professors, you were able to confirm in your mind what you already believed to be true.
It’s called confirmation bias.
— Sen. Eric Brakey 🌲 (@SenatorBrakey) February 19, 2023
Amazing how that works, eh?
— 🍾Birthday-Countdown-Trish🍾 (@wtffiles) February 20, 2023
The first clause of the amendment is intentionally ignored. It literally starts with “a well regulated…”
Not no regulation allowed
Not only a little regulation allowed
Not even average regulation allowed
But WELL regulated
— Dr. Jasper S. Lee (he/him) 🦕 (@jslee_phd) February 19, 2023
It’s not ignored. It’s there to provide context. ‘Hey, you people worried about the federal government forming standing armies, you’ll still be able to form well-regulated militias from the citizens of your states because literally nobody doubts their right to keep and bear their own arms.’ We took the liberty of paraphrasing, obviously.
The Supreme Court disagrees. pic.twitter.com/PA2J56UMKE
— Dread Pirate Darin (@ddogsbbq) February 19, 2023
Maybe David should have asked around a little further.
Can you point to any other example in the bill of rights that the phrase “the right of the people” doesn’t mean the people but means the government?
— Justine (@BruinJustine) February 19, 2023
It really is a dumb argument from Hogg and company at this point. Just admit that you want to take away the right clearly protected by the Second Amendment instead of pretending it wasn’t recognized in the first place.
Also: The answer is ‘no’.
The second amendment does not apply to the people. The second amendment is a restriction on government power.
Its very simple, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed. https://t.co/5H74iyVNW3
— Sharen Johnson (@goinpiece) February 20, 2023
What she said.
Oh man. Turn in your firearms guys. It’s over. David says the 2nd Amendment is wrong. He even emailed a professor.
We had a good run. It was fun while it lasted. https://t.co/cpIPrru1h7
— The Dank Knight 🦇 (@capeandcowell) February 19, 2023
Article III, Section Eleventeenth, also known as the ‘Hogg Clause’, gives David Hogg final say over the Supreme Court.
The Constitution already provided for states to have militias.
What scholars told you that the Second Amendment is the only place in the Bill of Rights where “the people” is a collective right rather than individual? https://t.co/9I0tFFgpfm
— Sunny McSunnyface (@sunnyright) February 19, 2023
Why would the Founders need to give the government the power to do something it already had the authority to do? pic.twitter.com/iCvNeRphcD
— Lord Woodstone (Toss all MAPS out the airlock) (@EricMertz_KC) February 20, 2023
This is just getting embarrassing, Mr. Hogg.
It is literally an individual right. All rights in the Bill of Rights are individual rights. They all tell the government it’s not allowed to do things. There is nothing special about the Second that makes it not an individual right, or allows the government to do anything. https://t.co/Ioz4rpLDW5
— Eric Spencer (@JustEric) February 19, 2023
And that, friends, is why we can sleep peacefully on our non-Good Pillows tonight.
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