Constitutional Right to Bear Arms Found in Only Three Nations -- Rest of World Smothered in Tyranny, Apparently

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American, Mexican, and Guatemalan exceptionalism.
We've known for some time that the American Constitution, that yellowed document containing all our inalienable and God-given rights, was a special slip of parchment. The first of its kind, we've been told. The example. The lodestar. The exceptional.

But recent research, publicized last week in Bloomberg, has helped shed light on how truly exceptional our founding document remains. Through the work of University of Texas Government Associate Professor Zachary Elkins and a pair of colleagues, we now know that the United States Constitution is one of only three national constitutions, out of approximately 200 extant, that guarantees the right to a personal firearm.

"For some, this lonely position is enough to suggest that the U.S. should rethink the current interpretation of the Second Amendment," Elkins and his team wrote. "For others, it is a reason to celebrate American exceptionalism."

Joined by Mexico and Guatemala, America's guarantee of self-armament is a relic from an era bygone. That's neither to question its validity nor its usefulness -- an exegetical debate of the Second Amendment will be continue as long as the right exists -- but, rather, to show how remarkably unique the right remains.

Consider: In addition to Mexico and Guatemala, six other nations have ever enshrined the right to bear arms within their nations. Those six other countries, however, have since rescinded such rights, with the likes of Costa Rica and Bolivia returning to the despotic nether-hole they once knew. (The only non-New World nation to have ever promised such a right in its constitution is Liberia, which, since its erasure, has turned into an autocratic inferno whose female president recently won the Nobel Peace Price. Tyranny!)

"I wouldn't have been surprised if [the right to bear arms] were kind of lodged deeply into even more Latin American constitutions, so I guess I'm a little surprised," Elkins, who had previously helped pen a book on the endurance of constitutions, told Hair Balls. "But of course, understanding this right the way it is, I can't be that surprised. Once a right appears, it generally increases in popularity. This [right] really bucks that trend."



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fishmilk4all
fishmilk4all

Ok, I guess it's time to take you to school. First lets just ignore the fact you want to put us on par with Mexico, a country where gun violence per capita is higher than in the states despite the fact owning so much as a BB gun there requires one submit a petition to the Defense Ministry and undergo extensive background checks. 

  Before you open your mouth about what is antiquated or what you think the founding fathers meant by writing the 2nd amendment, you may want to learn some history. Our 2nd amendment was based off of and inspired by the Swedish constitution. Still to this day, at age 20 Sweden issues it's male citizens a Sig 550 assault rifle and or a 9mm SIG-Sauer P220 semi-automatic pistol and expects these military grade weapons to be kept at home or hidden by citizens. Towns have secret weapons bunkers the government is disallowed knowledge of. It is the duty of every Swedish citizen to use these weapons to reclaim freedom should a tyrannical government rise and it is a duty taken seriously there. That by the way is not some third world hellhole, it is the country rated the most free on the planet. That is what our founders wanted, a government that lived in fear of acting outside the interest of it's citizens. They were British citizens who had their right to bear arms taken away, and then systematically lost all some of their most basic rights shortly after.

You make it sound like without a constitutional backing no other countries have the right to bear arms. That simply is no true. Almost ALL of the world with the exception of Britain, Australia and a few 3rd world hell holes have gun rights. Many require citizens to have a valid reason for ownership, but are loose with allowed reasons such as recreation or exhibition. The ever expanding movement demanding the removal of pre-existing rights is a purely American phenomenon. 

bbciao
bbciao

"The only non-New World nation to have ever promised such a right in its constitution is Liberia, which, since its erasure, has turned into an autocratic inferno whose female president recently won the Nobel Peace Price."

Liberia was erased?!

massmurdermedia
massmurdermedia

the author's repeated dismissal of tyranny betrays a naive and dangerous trust in the governments of this world, including our's...  his nobel prize winning leader of liberia continues to champion their outlawing of homosexuality, while our own nobel winner now has over 4500 drone kills to his credit...  but at least he's "evolved" on gay marriage, eh?...


Angie Howes
Angie Howes

And those countries are much better than the USA! Oh wait. I know! Let's have the same gun control laws as Chicago! Oh wait.

nguyenhm16
nguyenhm16

The constitutional right to run off at the mouth and practice any stupid ass religion is fairly unique too. Maybe that should also be written out so that we can have a more harmonious society and protect people from dumb ideas.

CyclnSteve
CyclnSteve

"I like to think of the right to health together with the right to bear arms -- our constitution has one but not the other, and were it written today, it actually would likely be reversed."

A right to health...who would you bring charges against when you have a cold? Mr. Elkins should choose his words a little more honestly.

JefWithOneF
JefWithOneF topcommenter

@bbciao I think we're talking about the right. Apologies in advance if that was a joke and I missed it.

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