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“James Madison” clarifies the American right to bear arms

Posted by Tom Megginson | 15-01-2013 22:51 | Category: Politics


Here’s an interesting example of un-sponsored, independent, comedic activism on a current issue. (The video itself is almost a year old, but the issue has recently heated up, post Sandy Hook.)

American comedian Mike Polk Jr. plays the part of James Madison, fourth President of the United States, “Father of the Constitution” and author of the Bill of Rights. In the short video, Polk resurrects the dead president to explain the historical context of the famous American “right to bear arms” and insist that assault weapons would never have been included in it.

In the United States, this is inflammatory rhetoric. (Polk has disabled comments on YouTube.) Although stronger proponents of gun control will note that the performer strongly advocates for private handgun ownership “to protect your family”.

Mike Polk Jr.

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