2nd Amendment

Progressivism, School Safety, and Common Sense

By |2018-03-15T01:01:07-06:00March 14th, 2018|Categories: 2nd Amendment, Culture, Education, John Willson, Politics|

There is something uniquely awful about children getting gunned down. But in terms of school security, the good news is that we are still free enough to use existing laws and institutions to experiment in states and local communities, in government and private schools, to see what works… One principle that should unite all [...]

The Duty to Bear Arms

By |2018-10-23T12:21:35-06:00March 1st, 2017|Categories: 2nd Amendment, American Founding, Bradley J. Birzer, Rights|

Americans historically have not just believed in the “right” to bear arms, but they have, more importantly, claimed an actual republican duty of all Americans to bear arms… Every two years at Hillsdale College, I have the immense privilege of teaching three of our upper-level U.S. survey courses: American Founding (1753-1806); Democratic America (1807-1848); [...]

Blood and Treasure: A Case for the Second Amendment

By |2018-12-15T02:28:52-06:00March 23rd, 2015|Categories: 2nd Amendment, Bradley J. Birzer, Featured, Government|

Way back in my high school years (1982-1986), I took Student Congress (an event sponsored by the National Forensics League) very seriously. I took it as seriously as anything in my life up to that point, and I am rather serious about most things. Heck, I am even serious about trivial things. Well, you [...]

On Marksmanship, Directing Force, and Self-Mastery

By |2019-08-08T12:21:46-06:00October 1st, 2014|Categories: 2nd Amendment, Culture, Virtue|

Virtue, then, being of two kinds, intellectual and moral, intellectual virtue in the main owes both its birth and its growth to teaching (for which reason it requires experience and time), while moral virtue comes about as a result of habit…–Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics In the study of physics, force is influence which tends to [...]

Second Amendment & the Right To Arms: Smearing Madison

By |2015-09-21T10:59:03-06:00August 28th, 2011|Categories: 2nd Amendment, Constitution, James Madison|

Will the Second Amendment still protect your rights a few years from now” Perhaps not, for it only survives today by a single vote in a sharply divided U.S. Supreme Court. In December, Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer announced on national television his continuing opposition to a real Second Amendment right. If President Barack [...]

Richard Henry Lee on Preserving Liberty

By |2016-11-26T09:52:23-06:00August 26th, 2011|Categories: 2nd Amendment, Quotation, Richard Henry Lee|

Richard Henry Lee “To preserve liberty, it is essential that the whole body of the people always possess arms, and be taught alike, especially when young, how to use them.”- Richard Henry Lee Lee (1732-1794) introduced into the Continental Congress the resolution declaring American independence. We hope you will join us in [...]

The Right to Bear Arms and Tyranny in Government

By |2016-11-26T09:52:23-06:00August 25th, 2011|Categories: 2nd Amendment, Quotation, Thomas Jefferson|

Thomas Jefferson “The strongest reason for people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government.” For more on the American Founding and civil liberties visit The Imaginative Conservative Bookstore. We hope you will join us in The Imaginative Conservative community. The Imaginative Conservative is an on-line journal [...]