A Fighting Chance
In “The Right to Bear Arms and Popular Sovereignty” (February 11), Charles C. W. Cooke reports that the Second Amendment was designed to protect the right of the citizenry to defend itself against state tyranny. One difficult question is this: Has the right become purely theoretical or symbolic, given that the people will never have military weapons? When the people and the state would have fought each other with muskets, the right certainly would have meant more in practice.
Charles C. W. Cooke replies: My view here is twofold. On the theory side, that the citizenry could