Armed and SafeCommentary by Pete du Pont
May 22, 2002
The language of the Second Amendment is straightforward: "The right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed." Seems clear enough, doesn't it? Yet for half a century the consensus of the political establishment has been that the right to bear arms must not be construed as an individual right, lest people obtain guns to protect themselves and take actions beyond the control of government.