Gun Control at the Beginning of the American Republic

The contemporary Second Amendment debate is founded on serious misunderstandings. Introduction The Second Amendment is one of the most frequently cited provisions in the American Constitution, but also one of the most poorly understood. The 27 words that constitute the Second Amendment seem to baffle modern Americans on both the left and right. Ironically, those[…]

A History of Gunpowder

Hong Kong Museum of Coastal Defence, recent site of gunpowder factory. / Photo by Cheungkkanthony, Wikimedia Commons Gunpowder was invented in 9th-century China and spread throughout most parts of Eurasia by the end of the 13th century. Edited by Mathew A. McIntosh / 10.27.2018 Public Historian Brewminate Editor-in-Chief Introduction Gunpowder, also known as black powder to distinguish it from[…]

NRA: Right to Own a Gun Apparently More Important than Right to Vote

By Shannon Argueta / 05.21.2016 National Rifle Association President Wayne LaPierre had an absolute meltdown at the organization’s annual conference on Friday about voting rights. LaPierre is extremely pissed off that Democrats want to restore voting rights to ex-felons. Apparently, he doesn’t think these people deserve the right to vote, but he’s totally cool with[…]