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5 September 2007

Washington Post, Editorial

Rarely have so few words provoked such fervent disagreement: "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed." More than 200 years after the founders crafted the Second Amendment, debate rages about what those 27 words mean. Do they guarantee an individual right to bear arms and thus forbid most gun control? Or do they only protect a state's right to form and maintain a... (

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