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What was the historical context of the 2nd amendment to the US Constitution?

Just a supplement to @BenCrowells excellent answer, it was partly based on the English Bill of Rights 1689. The Roman Catholic James II had attempted to disarm Protestants, and set up a standing army -...
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What was the historical context of the 2nd amendment to the US Constitution?

The historical context shows that it intends that everyone be armed, both for the defense of the state and for their own personal use; that the "militia" is intended to consist of all capable adults; ...
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Did gun control in Turkey in 1911 lead to the Armenian Genocide?

As a matter of fact, I found the source, although curiously it does not say exactly what people quoting it seems to imply: Some slightly better informed claims directed to article 166 of Turkish ...
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Has there ever been any assassination so that another assassination could happen during the first one's funeral?

This is quite difficult to really fulfill in all the specifics laid out. Those kind of plot devices must be much more common than a quick net-search coming up empty might lead you to believe. A ...
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Have gun rights ever increased without a revolution?

Surely. Just in 2008-2010, the judgments in Heller and McDonald and the settlement in Guy Montag Doe all expanded gun rights in the United States by constraining local authorities' ability to regulate ...
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How unusual was an unanswered naval salute of 150 guns?

To answer your title question, a 150 gun salute would have been very unusual, not just because of the great number but because salutes were generally done with an odd number of guns. The firing ...
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What was the historical context of the 2nd amendment to the US Constitution?

America of the 1780s had to worry about a variety of enemies, both internal and external. In some ways, the America of that time was much like today's "Switzerland" (which has universal male ...
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Were firearms used by the farmers for intimidation in the penny auctions during the Great Depression?

When farms were foreclosed in those days, they were foreclosed by the bank, and the bank immediately established some kind of auction to sell off the assets. And the Farm Holiday Association organized ...
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Have gun rights ever increased without a revolution?

Germany in the 20ties and 30ties. Even if you count conservatives delivering political power to the Nazis as a revolution. I'll paraphrase German Wikipedia: Immediately after WWI, private gun ...
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Have gun rights ever increased without a revolution?

Most gun legislation may add regulation, but not all of it does. The Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act of 2004 created new gun rights for two classes of individuals, the "qualified law enforcement ...
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Have gun rights ever increased without a revolution?

Bliss v. the Commonwealth (of Kentucky) advanced gun rights in the US: Bliss stated, "But it should not be forgotten, that it is not only a part of the right that is secured by the constitution; ...
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