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Firearms Regulation in the Bill of Rights






Ridicule was much used in Britain when the American colonies agitated for liberty as British subjects. Not that ridicule was the only response to American petitions and American laws–many well-informed Britons sympathized with the Americans. But among the British responses in the 1760s and 1770s, some were penned by early Charles Krauthammers and George Wills. Take for example the commentary below by a British writer… Read More

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Well-regulated, part 3






Well-regulated, part 3 Following up on the two previous posts– As written earlier, as often as we hear about “the second amendment” in the public discourse, we seldom hear the phrase “well regulated.” The first is a slogan for banners and bumper stickers; the second is being obliterated. But the framers of the constitution included that phrase well regulated in the second amendment because it… Read More

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“Well regulated,” part 2: Strict constructionism means paid lobbyists?






“Well regulated,” part 2: Strict constructionism means paid lobbyists? Picking up where the previous post left off– “Well regulated” was praise in this country at the time America was born. For eighteenth-century American colonists, well-regulated was everything the ridiculous Georges on the English throne were not. The Swiftian, satire-worthy courts under the British kings were repudiated in the law courts of the new United States,… Read More

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Well regulated currency






Well regulated currency The ordinariness of “well regulated” in eighteenth-century America The following is a quick, representative list of American newspapers before and after the Revolutionary War explicitly recommending, or reminding of the need for, a “well regulated currency”: New England Weekly Journal (Boston, Mass.) February 4, 1734. Issue CCCLVIII, page 1. “Money well regulated and established is the measure of all other things.” Boston… Read More

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