Gun Ownership Is Political Violence

Source: The American Conservative
by Andrew Cuff

“One of my neighbors has a bumper sticker: ‘The 2nd Amendment isn’t for hunting.’ He’s correct as a matter of constitutional law — the Bill of Rights affirms the right to private gun ownership and, in effect, creates a form of distributed sovereignty that prevents the state from having a monopoly on force. In case after case, the Supreme Court has struck down attempts to limit this right, and seems poised to further expand gun rights next year. But pretending gun ownership is a privilege granted by government cedes too much ground. The right must unapologetically embrace the substance of the left’s complaint that the 2nd Amendment endorses violence as pillar of American politics.” (12/28/21)