Thursday, March 14, 2013

Second Amendment Story: How It Was Brought to Life

The right to keep and bear arms is a natural right. In the United States it is protected from governmental infringement by the Second Amendment.

That guarantee, however, long was largely a dead letter and it would have continued to be ignored but for the efforts of a small dedicated group of lawyers like liberal civil rights attorney Don Kates, who has devoted more than three decades of his life to making the guarantee a real one.

How the senior Mr. Kates, his younger fellow attorney Stephen P. Holbrook, and and a few other lawyers sustained by the National Rifle Association changed the legal culture to activate the amendment and make it the force that the nation's founders intended it to be is outlined in this Washington Post account.

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