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  • Published: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2006.
  • Year Published: 2006
  • Description: xvi, 270 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
  • Language: English
  • Format: Book

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  • 0195147863
  • 9780195147865


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A well-regulated militia : the founding fathers and the origins of gun control in America

by Cornell, Saul.

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Preface -- Introduction -- English tyranny versus American liberty : bearing arms in revolutionary America -- A well regulated militia : the origins of the Second Amendment -- true palladium of liberty" : Federalists, Jeffersonians, and the Second Amendment -- Militias, mobs, and murder : testing the limits of the right to bear arms -- Rights, regulations, revolution : the antebellum debate over guns -- Individual or collective right : the Fourteenth Amendment and the origins of the modern gun debate -- Conclusion : -- A new paradigm for the Second Amendment -- Notes -- Index.

Includes information on Aymette v. State, Barron v. Baltimore, Bliss v. Commonwealth, Dred Scott v. Sanford, Houston v. Moore, Luther v. Borden, State v. Buzzard, U.S. v. Avery, U.S. v. Cruikshank, U.S. v. Emerson, U.S. v. Miller, U.S. v. Mitchell, U.S. v. Tot, duels, Fourteenth Amendment, gun control, gun rights, Thomas Jefferson, Ku Klux Klan, Fries, s Rebellion, Shays's Rebellion, Whiskey Rebellion, Bill of Rights, Second Amendment, etc.

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What the 2nd Amendment Really Means

One side says the 2nd Amendment to the US Constitution says it applies to state militias. Another side says it's an individual freedom. They're both right, and they're both wrong. The founding fathers didn't all agree on what they meant when they wrote it - Jefferson was in favor of an individual right to bear arms, much like today's NRA. But Madison wanted strict limits on gun ownership, and they had to settle for a compromise, that we're still fighting about today.

This is a fascinating history of the evolution of the meaning of our 2nd Amendment as our country changes from a small country at war with the world superpower to the superpower ourselves. From what started as a civic duty that every colonist owed their independent country (State) and their confederation, to just before the modern Supreme Court's interpretation that the "militia clause" is meaningless, Prof. Cornell goes over each major event in the country's history that changed the way we've looked at the right to bear arms.

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