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"Perhaps the deterioration of American education is illustrated by the high correlation between the number of years a person has attended school and his inability to understand the words "the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed." It is more likely, though, that those who interpret the Second Amendment to preclude an individual right to own guns are driven by their political agenda. Whichever the case, they do themselves no credit when they tell us that a simple, elegant sentence means the opposite of what it clearly says."

Sheldon Richman
Editor of The Freeman, author, journalist
Reading the Second Amendment, The Second Amendment's Syntax Permits Only One Reasonable Interpretation, The Freeman, February 1998 • Volume: 48 • Issue: 2

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