The whitehouse.gov‘s Constitution section reports that “The Second Amendment gives citizens the right to bear arms.” Wait. What? The Constitution doesn’t give Americans rights. It protects citizens’ natural/civil rights—such as the right to keep and bear arms—from government infringement. (Interesting that they forgot the “keep” part.) TTAG reader Cyrus inspired my investigation, for he noticed something odd on another section of another site: senate.gov . . .
My wife had asked me what the sixth amendment was, and, to my shame, I knew not what right it protected. While reading the 6th Amendment to her [from whitehouse.gov], I realized that the website offered summaries on each section, for the convenience of the reader. I quickly scrolled up to the 2nd Amendment, to learn how I was to interpret the text.
Amendment II (1791) 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.
“Whether this provision protects the individual’s right to own firearms or whether it deals only with the collective right of the people to arm and maintain a militia has long been debated.”
It is my understanding that the Heller Decision (2008) clarified that the 2nd Amendment guaranteed the right to bear arms as an individual right. Has the Senate not updated their website in the past 5 years? I wasn’t really surprised with this “explanation”, considering the textbook inaccuracies that have recently surfaced.
Just thought I would pass this on.