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More praise for IQ2 US

Loaded. But not locked.

By John Donvan — November 13, 2013

Could they have been any clearer, the founding fathers, when they sat down and penned the Second Amendment? Uh huh. A LOT.

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." right-to-bear-armssmallblog2

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:



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John Donvan, Moderator
Intelligence Squared U.S. Debates



"The debate over the Second Amendment has been fierce and terrible, with bad arguments on both sides, and bad will all around."

"How a mythical monster nearly swallowed the Second Amendment whole..."



1 comment

  • Comment Link terry ingalls Monday, 06 January 2014 19:49 posted by terry ingalls

    utopiaist academics who have forgotten or worse,never even studied history just when the country appears to be at a historical breaking point again.does anybody remember the first? i ran across this interesting survey; As with many myths, there is a kernel of truth in the underlying idea. If you remove the subcultures from the United States that do not originate in Europe, and have no significant numbers in Europe (African American and American Hispanics) the murder rate for the United States falls into the middle of European murder rates. sorry,i don't know the author so i can not give credit

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