Jonathan attempts to claim, clinging to very thin reeds, that the very idea of an individual right to keep and bear arms is a recent thing, "a fabrication of modern times," and cites a Texan fuming about concealed arms in the far-off, ancient year of 1893, a century after the ink was dry on the Bill of Rights, and follows up with historical perspective from 1941, when men in periwigs and knee breeches still...er....
Meanwhile, Mr. Mencken writes us from 1923, describing a proposed Federal limit on interstate traffic in revolvers as, "...one of the most absurd specimens of jackass legislation ever heard of, even in this paradise of legislative donkeyism. Its single and sole effect would be to exaggerate enormously all of the evils it proposes to put down" and reminds us, "[t]he real victim of moral legislation is always the honest, law-abiding, well-meaning citizen." Oddly, he seems to believe -- and demonstrate -- Americans had at that time a wide right to keep and bear arms, and takes issue with even the (in retrospect minor) gun laws of his day.
Who's right? My money's on H.L.
* The name bugs me. Are they monitoring science as practiced by Christians? Are they monitoring some science of that faith, textual analysis or Biblical archaeology or the like? Is it a low, shallow-draft warship with a single revolving turret operated in defense of the faith? What's it doing with a newspaper?