Wednesday, December 12News That Matters

How the Republicans stole the Second Amendment

Republicans stole the Second Amendment. Over the course of 30 years, the right waged a war on political, legal, and academic fronts to redefine that amendment, contrary to history, text, and precedent, as creating an individual right to bear arms. Of course, none of those efforts, nor their aggregate effect, would have been enough to accomplish the right’s aims without a far-right ideologue on the Supreme Court, the late Justice Antonin Scalia, to codify them. 

The right’s misappropriation of the Second Amendment ranks among the most stunning legal feats in U.S. history.