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An Historian’s Thoughts on The Founders and The Second Amendment

The sentence is weak. The weakness is deliberate. Madison couldn’t afford, on the one hand, to let the amendment seem to contradict the hard-won federal military power in the Constitution’s main body. He couldn’t afford, on the other hand, to underscore too strongly for the states’ comfort the overwhelming nature of that federal power.

The link to William Hogeland’s story from ten years ago is here.

Mr. Hogeland also wrote one of my favorite books about the Whiskey Rebellion. I have posted from that book and others about that episode in our history  here and here.