Mark L. Hopkins: Why did the U.S. Constitution need the Second Amendment?
This preoccupation with the Second Amendment began a few months back when I wrote a column entitled "Guns don't kill people. Really?" The amount of interest in that topic directed me to do additional research on the subject and every avenue pointed back to the key question. Why did we need a militia/gun amendment added to the Constitution? As is true with most momentous decisions in the life of our country, to fully understand why something was done we must study the times in which such decisions were made. The "why" of the Second Amendment in the 1780s is very different from answering that same question in 2017. The United States was a very different country in the years following the Revolution than it is today. When President Washington first took office two key challenges faced him and the leadership in congress.
Feb 13, 2017 10:10 AM