In his 99-page article, Professor Bogus reviews wide-ranging evidence including an analysis of Madison’s original language and an understanding of how he and other founders drew on England’s Declaration of Rights. Madison’s concern, Professor Bogus concludes, was not hunting, self-defense, national defense, or resistance to governmental tyranny but slave control.
During the panel discussion, all three experts said that “The Hidden History” has dramatic implications for the contemporary debate over gun control. Rather than applying to individual gun ownership, the three agreed, the Second Amendment is rooted in the political battle over control of militia forces and ratification of the Constitution. This history, which has been endorsed by the U.S. Supreme Court, is often ignored by modern day pro-gun lobbyists.
Violence Policy Center
Second Amendment Rooted in Southern States’ Control of Slavery, Academic Experts Say
May 15, 1998
[Odd isn’t it? This “hidden history” didn’t get any traction 10 years later when all nine of the U.S. Supreme Court justices agreed the Second Amendment protected an individual right. Perhaps the evidence Professor Bogus presented was, well, bogus.—Joe]