Argument: The US 2nd Amendment does not merely protect a right to arms in militias

Issue Report: Assault weapons ban in the United States


  • Ron Paul. “Assault Weapons and Assaults on the Constitution.” April 21, 2003 – “Tortured interpretations of the Second amendment cannot change the fact that both the letter of the amendment itself and the legislative history conclusively show that the Founders intended ordinary citizens to be armed. The notion that the Second amendment confers rights only upon organized state-run militias is preposterous; the amendment is meaningless unless it protects the gun rights of individuals.”