This Author, Michael Waldman, works at NYU School of Law. He wrote a book about the 2nd Amendment titled “The Second Amendment: A Biography”.
Somehow, through all his years of research, he still comes up with the amazing fallacy that the 2nd Amendment does not give an individual the right to own a gun. An right that can not be infringed.
This author starts at the beginning, and lies all the way from there. He notes that James Madison never wrote a “single word about an individual’s right to a gun for self-defense or recreation” in his Constitutional Convention notes. Or in the debates. He’s right, Madison doesn’t. He does however discuss the natural right of self-defense in the Federalist Papers and in the Annals of Congress 434.
A quick Google search confirms the author’s bias research:
“[The Constitution preserves] the advantage of being armed which Americans possess over the people of almost every other nation…(where) the governments are afraid to trust the people with arms.”
–James Madison, The Federalist Papers, No. 46
“The right of the people to keep and bear … arms shall not be infringed. A well regulated militia, composed of the body of the people, trained to arms, is the best and most natural defense of a free country …”
— James Madison, I Annals of Congress 434, June 8, 1789
The author also seems to be a deep seeded distrust in “libertarianism” “tax revolts” and author’s that call the Civil War “The War Between the States”. He doesn’t seem to have any distrust in a federal government, which historically around the world has murdered more people with guns than any other entity.
He has friends such as Jack Rakove, a Pulitzer-Prize winning author who defines individual freedom as the “individual right theory”. Who’s “proponents” pick and choose quotes from the past that are not important in his estimation.
Good for him. Who wants individual rights anyway right? What drives these types of people?
He points to the NRA giving money toward universities that teach history by reading history, not wording a narrative, like George Mason University. He doesn’t seem to have an issue with his own university, NYU, channeled Wall Street money to nonprofits for perks for professors, according to documents releases in 2013. I wonder if those professors with new brownstones teach real estate & banking law a certain way…
Andrew Ross, President of the NYU chapter of the American Association of University Professors (NYU-AAUP), had this to say about the mushrooming revelations at NYU:
“When our students are often working two jobs and piling up debt on their credit cards just to scratch together tuition, it’s highly questionable for the proceeds to be distributed as extravagant compensation packages and mulltimillion dollar loans to top administrators. In fact, for a non-profit educational institution, it’s quite offensive.”
Yes, this is an attack on the author. Yes, I don’t give a shit. The American Constitution’s protection of the natural right of self-defense is the most important “right” we have as citizens. The 1st can not be defended with the 2nd.
Remember Americans, the government GAVE you the right to bear arms. Also the right to free speech, assembly, religion and fair trial. It is up to the federal representatives in Washington that work for special interests to decide just how narrow or wide those rights go, depending on how we use them. If these reps-for-hire feel threatened by American’s speaking, assembling, worshiping (or not) or law-breaking a bit too much, they can just “adjust” these rights. And they will have snake-oil salesmen like this guy to make it all sound normal to you. Don’t think this professor is writing this article in hopes he will “save” his students from the dangers of too many “individual rights”.
I find this whole article disgusting, lazy and swallow.