The Founders wanted to be sure they preserved the right to keep and bear arms as they established their new sovereign government. Americans asserted a natural right to defend themselves and their property against all threats, including tyranny of any kind, foreign or domestic. The Second Amendment in the Bill of Rights was included to reflect the concerns of many citizens in a number of states. This lesson explores the origins of this amendment.
Handout A: What Are the Origins of the Right to Keep and Bear Arms? (Background Essay)
Handout B: The Second Amendment
Handout C: Tickets
Handout D: Group Discussion Guide
Handout E: Town Council Discussion Guide
Primary Source Appendices
Founding Principles for ELL
Vocabulary Scaffolding for ELL
Answer Key
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