As you know, the Second Amendment is the one that says: "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed."
Which is why gun rights proponents say, the Constitution protects the rights of individuals to own and carry guns: "the right of the people to keep and bear Arms."
Which is why gun control advocates say, no it doesn't, not unless you're in some sort of militia group. If they were writing it now, the founding fathers just might write it differently.
Or not. We don't know.
But though they may not be here, Intelligence Squared is. And tonight, we are tackling the topic with a resolution phrased like this: The Second Amendment Has Outlived Its Usefulness.
We have four deep thinking scholars, who will argue FOR and AGAINST this motion. And we will be live streaming.
Not something the Founding Fathers ever did, but you can right here, tonight at 6:45PM ET:
John Donvan, Moderator
Intelligence Squared U.S. Debates
JOHN DONVAN RECOMMENDS
THE LOST AMENDMENT
"The debate over the Second Amendment has been fierce and terrible, with bad arguments on both sides, and bad will all around."
COOKING UP A COLLECTIVE RIGHT
"How a mythical monster nearly swallowed the Second Amendment whole..."