I ran across this from 2006 while I was trying to find something else in my old emails. I couldn't find it mentioned before in here, except for a bit of discussion about John Ashcroft's "individual rights" memo, which I think this preceded. A DOJ memo entitled WHETHER THE SECOND AMENDMENT SECURES AN INDIVIDUAL RIGHT August 24, 2004 MEMORANDUM OPINION FOR THE ATTORNEY GENERAL http://www.justice.gov/olc/secondamendment2.pdf It's a little long at 107 pages, but I found it a great pithy synopsis of Second Amendment history. Interesting to see that the Second Amendment was considered "incorporated" by a leading Constitutional commentator (William Rawle) as far back as 1829. Sneaking in gun restrictions with handwaving about protecting hunting seems to be an old tactic too. And the usual argument, but from 1766, that we can't just let anyone have a gun. Gosh, we could have Commotions and blood in the street. Anybody here been drawn to Brigandage yet. Lots of great historical context and background. It's always interesting to me to see just how little human nature changes over the years.