Charles Dickens on "Stand Your Ground" Laws—David Frum
The great English novelist showed a disturbing lack of regard for the rights guaranteed by the Second Amendment. From Martin Chuzzlewit, 1843-44:
'What an extraordinary people you are!' cried Martin. 'Are Mr Chollop and the class he represents, an Institution here? Are pistols with revolving barrels, sword-sticks, bowie-knives, and such things, Institutions on which you pride yourselves? Are bloody duels, brutal combats, savage assaults, shooting down and stabbing in the streets, your Institutions! Why, I shall hear next that Dishonour and Fraud are among the Institutions of the great republic!'