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Right To Bear Arms
     

Right To Bear Arms

by Robert J. Spitzer, Donald Grier Stephenson (Editor)
 

An objective examination of the Second Amendment, focusing on the intentions of its authors, its evolution from America's beginnings to the present, and the views expressed by the courts.

• A detailed analysis traces the right to bear arms from its origins in Britain into the 21st century

• The book includes key primary source documents, such as

Overview

An objective examination of the Second Amendment, focusing on the intentions of its authors, its evolution from America's beginnings to the present, and the views expressed by the courts.

• A detailed analysis traces the right to bear arms from its origins in Britain into the 21st century

• The book includes key primary source documents, such as federal regulations and Supreme Court decisions, a list of the right to bear arms provisions from 44 state constitutions, and excerpts from the Republican and Democratic Party platforms

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"As an account of the history and the debate, the book is, despite its brevity, quite successful. It is well-written and touches on all or nearly all of the key issues and developments." - The Law and Politics Book Review

"Highly accessible and easy to read, this attractively packaged reference work offers sixth- to twelfth-grade readers a comprehensive examination of the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution . . . First in America's Freedoms series, this resource will be well-worn within a matter of months." - VOYA

"This volume provides historical and objective information on this timely and controversial issue . . . This volume is timely and easy to use. It will be most appropriate for high school and undergraduate libraries because of its basic introductory information." - American Reference Books Annual

VOYA
Highly accessible and easy to read, this attractively packaged reference work offers sixth- to twelfth-grade readers a comprehensive examination of the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, with chapters on the history, politics, laws, and contemporary controversies of the right to bear arms. Also included are numerous excerpts from Supreme Court decisions; a useful dictionary of key people, laws, events, and concepts; a lengthy chronology; and a substantial and well-developed annotated bibliography. Of concern, however, is the book's misrepresentation as an unbiased presentation of "one of the most enduringly controversial, timely, and riveting issues of public concern over the last several decades." It proves, in fact, to be quite the opposite, rife with decidedly partial opinions and inflammatory rhetoric against the role of the National Rifle Association and its leaders in recent gun control issues. Luckily, the author's agenda is relegated to only a minor portion of the text and proves to be the one disappointment of the book. First in the America's Freedoms series, this resource will be well-worn within a matter of months. This purchase is recommended for both reference and circulation for all public and school libraries, with the above reservations. Glossary. Index. Biblio. Further Reading. Chronology. Appendix. 2001, ABC-CLIO, 263p. PLB
— Stefani Koorey\

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781576073476
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
11/28/2001
Series:
America's Freedoms Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
263
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.81(d)
Age Range:
12 Years

Meet the Author

Robert J. Spitzer is Distinguished Service professor of political science at the State University of New York, Cortland, NY.

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