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The Mythic Meanings of the Second AmendmentTaming Political Violence in a Constitutional Republic$
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David C. Williams

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780300095623

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300095623.001.0001

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The Original Legal Meaning of the Second Amendment and the Military Provisions of the Constitution

The Original Legal Meaning of the Second Amendment and the Military Provisions of the Constitution

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(p.69) 3 The Original Legal Meaning of the Second Amendment and the Military Provisions of the Constitution
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The Mythic Meanings of the Second Amendment
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David C. Williams

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Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300095623.003.0004

This chapter presents the rationale behind the existence of the Second Amendment in the American constitution. The Second Amendment aims to ensure that citizens can still serve as a measure of check and balance to the government, as the right to bear arms prepares the body of people to resist a corrupt central government. Congress, in turn, can also check the people; should they form a corrupt insurrection, it can be repulsed by having to maintain and deploy a military force to counter domestic unrest. This way, the constitution empowers both sides, so they can continue to check and balance one another.

Keywords:   constitution, Second Amendment, bear arms, corrupt insurrection, check and balance

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