Jill Lepore wrote “Battleground America” for an April issue of The New Yorker:

When carrying a concealed weapon for self-defense is understood not as a failure of civil society, to be mourned, but as an act of citizenship, to be vaunted, there is little civilian life left.

She’s right. But even more to the point:

… former Chief Justice Warren Burger said that the new interpretation of the Second Amendment was “one of the greatest pieces of fraud, I repeat the word ‘fraud,’ on the American public by special-interest groups that I have ever seen in my lifetime.”

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Mrs. Alex

I will read the Lepore article so I actually have something useful to contribute, but the quote by Burger makes me extremely intrigued. The whole issue is fascinating to me, but I know all I really have right now are my own instinctual reactions. I have issues with the outcome of reduced restriction of weapons (increase in accidental deaths, easier access for criminals, etc.), but I’m curious to know more about how we got to this point of acceptance/entitlement of civilians “needing” lethal weapons. Frankly, it’s terrifying.

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