The Bill of Rights: The Second Amendment Research Paper
I can’t believe this.
I’ve said many, many, many times that I do a lot of reading in the course of my research.
Right now I’m researching the history and roots of the Second Amendment, based on the debates and records of the Founding Fathers, resources from universities and the Library of Congress. No garbage from a book written in 2003 that has material from Thomas Jefferson that no one else has ever heard of. Only verifiable sources for me.
In addition, I am trying to provide links to the resources I have used so readers and researchers can find them as well.
I’ve been in note taking mode for a few weeks, which is why there have been some other amendments that have appeared on the list before this one.
So far, I am close to 5000 words in notes alone, and I feel I have barely started. I still have to turn those notes into a coherent article.
It is getting so large because I am trying to definitively answer these questions:
- What exactly did the Founders mean?
- Did the Founders mean that all individuals could keep and bear arms, or only militias?
- Was the Second Amendment a compromise meant to allow the states to quell slave rebellions?
- Was it meant to hold blacks in slavery?
- Was it meant to allow people to hunt, or shoot for sport?
- Was it meant to give the people a means of defense against a tyrannical government?
I am surprised at some of the answers that I’ve been coming up with.
I’m hoping that the answers won’t be too subjective. I don’t want people accusing me of “cherry picking” my Founding Fathers, and I don’t want to use spurious quotes (there’s a lot of them from Thomas Jefferson floating around, hence the picture of him).
I am working on it, but I have a feeling it is going to at least double, if not triple in size, so I may have to break it down into chapters and put it out in bite sized chunks.
It wouldn’t be so bad if I were a team of researchers, but I’m not. I’m just one person.
I’m sure I am going to be exhausted and need a break when I’m finally finished.
You can read the completed project by following this link.