8 Facts about the SECOND AMENDMENT

Trevor Kraus,

Release Date
June 28, 2023


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The 2nd Amendment is so hotly debated in part because of the order of its two clauses: The prefatory clause: “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State” and the operative clause: “the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”


In this video, Learn Liberty aruges that its wording should have been reversed — and elucidates 8 facts about the 2nd Amendment that you might not have realized.


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0:00 A Poorly Worded Amendment?

1:32 Fact #1: The roots of the 2nd Amendment can be traced to the English Bill of Rights of 1689.

3:37 Fact #2: The 2nd Amendment ALSO has roots in STATE constitutions.

5:59 Fact #3: The 2nd Amendment went through several drafts.

8:06 Fact #4: The 2nd Amendment has a “prefatory,” or “preface” clause, and an “operative” clause.

10:46 Fact #5: History has not looked kindly upon previous attempts to regulate guns.

12:33 Fact #6: The two major political parties used to be flipped on the interpretation and implementation of the 2nd Amendment.

14:40 Fact #7: There was another attack on the 2nd Amendment in 1994.

16:28 Fact #8: American police are increasingly militarized. 

17:46 Last Thoughts