AEP is fighting to overturn the 2008 and 2010 Supreme Court decisions that found for the first time in 200 years a constitutional right to own a gun.
Now the fight is more dire than ever as the Court and lower courts consider extending this ‘right’ of a gun in the home, to our streets.
Help us overturn these two deeply-flawed and dangerous decisions, and avoid a third that will be far worse.
Help us re-empower legislators to end daily mass shootings and save lives.
What AEP Does
Launched on the 10th anniversary of District of Columbia v. Heller (2008), the American Enlightenment Project opened a long-needed front in the battle against the epidemic of gun violence that erupted after Heller, extended nationwide by McDonald v. Chicago (2010), announced a constitutional right to own a gun.
AEP’s groundbreaking work challenges common wisdom, first by showing how Heller turned a gun problem into an epidemic, blocked and marginalized reform, and “desperately needs” to be overruled as dissenting Justice Stevens later urged. Second, AEP demonstrates Heller cannot legally stand. Third, AEP will show in the courts (who created and must correct this dangerous ‘right’) the real origins and meaning of the 2nd Amendment.
As long understood but never proven, the Amendment protects only state militia. It has nothing to do with an individual right to guns that, as America has always known, turns everyday impulses that normally end in words into our country’s new normal: ever-worsening gun violence.
'GOOD GUY WITH A GUN' ISN'T WORKING
MARGINAL GUN SAFETY ISN'T 'WINNING'
WE NEED A NEW APPROACH
BEFORE PUBLIC CARRY TURNS A DANGEROUS 'RIGHT' MORE DEADLY.