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To know what the Framers intended, we need to understand the historical context.

After ten years of research into the history of gun rights, it’s clear that most Americans' understanding of the “right to bear arms” is not consistent with historical facts.

He was unlike any other baseball star in America, a blond-haired boy from the heartland whose raw power and mythical purity made him a hero

The Supreme Court left the door open for reasonable regulations of guns if Congress has the will to act.


History around the web

The AP's Secret Deal with the Nazis, by Michael S. Rosenwald Did the Associated Press violate the "Trading with the Enemy Act" to profit from selling Nazi propaganda photos, or was this an authorized effort to gain images with legitimate news value?
Frederick Douglass, Refugee, by David Blight Millions forced to flee as refugees and beg for asylum have felt Douglass’s agony, and thought his thoughts.
Gwen Ifill’s Clear-eyed Coverage of Bill Clinton, by David W. Dunlap This past year we lost a legend in the field of journalism. A look back at her coverage of Bill Clinton and the 1992 election and the journalist with the ability to bridge many gaps between race, gender and generations.
What Abraham Lincoln Can Teach Us About Ugly Politics, by Mark Tooley We should recall Lincoln's confidence in American democracy despite the perceived failure of the Washington Peace Conference of 1861.
Roosevelt Was Hardly Naive About Stalin, by Arthur Schlesinger, Jr. When they met at Yalta, Roosevelt and Stalin had corresponded in more than 300 letters.

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  • Battle of Flamborough Head

    USS Bonhomme Richard, captained by John Paul Jones, defeats the HMS Serapis at the Battle of Flamborough Head off the coast of Britain. Jones' crew captures the Serapis as the Bonhomme Richard sinks. 

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  • Lincoln Center opens

    Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts opens with a performance in Philharmonic Hall.

  • State Department ends American occupation of Dominican Republic

    Secretary of State Charles Evans Hughes signs the Hughes-Reynado agreement, formally ending the American occupation of the Dominican Republic.

  • Captain John André arrested

    British Captain John André arrested as a spy in New York. His arrest would expose General Benedict Arnold's plot to turn West Point over to the British.

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  • Ray Charles

    American music icon Ray Charles is born Ray Charles Robinson in Albany, Georgia.