William Van Alstyne Quote

“The Second Amendment, like the First Amendment, is ... not mysterious. Nor is it equivocal. Least of all is it opaque. Rather, one may say, today it is simply unwelcome in any community that wants no one (save perhaps the police?) to keep or bear arms at all. But ... it is for them to seek repeal of this amendment (and so the repeal of its guarantee), in order to have their way. Or so the Constitution itself assuredly appears to require, if that is the way things are to be.”

~ William Van Alstyne

The Second Amendment and the Personal Right to Arms, 43 DUKE L. J. 1236, 1250 (1994).

Ratings and Comments

Mike, Norwalk

I'm not quite sure how to rate this. The entire argument is couched in legal positivism which is vulnerable to the criminal logic of the despots that would recognize no inalienable rights (man's right's are only those that the government says - it can give and take away rights by a mark of the pen.). The Bill of Rights was only to innumerate a extremely certain few rights that could not be legislated against, ruled in court against or enforced contrary to the individual sovereign's inalienable right.

Ron w13, Or

Not impressed at all, his law logic smacks of doubt and contempt for the Constitution !


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