Right To Bear Arms

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In The Right to Bear Arms: Rights and Liberties under the LaW, the first volume in ABC-CLIO's America's Freedoms series, political scientist Robert J. Spitzer combats hysteria and rhetoric with simple facts.

He takes no position on whether more or fewer gun control laws are needed or whether guns are good or bad. Instead, he traces the roots of the Second Amendment, analyzes the opinions and intentions of its authors, follows its application and evolution from its beginnings, ...

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Overview

In The Right to Bear Arms: Rights and Liberties under the LaW, the first volume in ABC-CLIO's America's Freedoms series, political scientist Robert J. Spitzer combats hysteria and rhetoric with simple facts.

He takes no position on whether more or fewer gun control laws are needed or whether guns are good or bad. Instead, he traces the roots of the Second Amendment, analyzes the opinions and intentions of its authors, follows its application and evolution from its beginnings, and explores the views expressed by the courts. He then carefully compares the intended and the implied meaning of this amendment with the views expressed by the entire spectrum of groups involved in the gun control issue. Armed with the facts, readers can decide for themselves.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"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."

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The Law and Politics Book Review

"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."

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American Reference Books Annual

"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."

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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\
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781576073476
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/28/2001
  • Series: America's Freedoms Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 286
  • Age range: 12 years
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Table of Contents

Series Foreword
Preface and Acknowledgments
1 Introduction 1
What the Second Amendment Says 6
Outline of the Book 9
2 Origins 13
The British Heritage 13
The Colonial Experience 15
The Constitution 20
The Federalist-Antifederalist Debate 23
The Bill of Rights 24
The Decline of the Old Militia System 28
Supreme Court Rulings 32
Other Court Rulings 38
The Textbook View 42
3 Twentieth-Century Issues 49
Alternate Views 51
The "Right of Revolution" 59
Spreading Arguments in the Media 62
Seeking Shelter under the Fourteenth Amendment 64
The Second Amendment and Politics 71
Rights Talk 81
4 The Twenty-first Century 89
The Brady Law, the Assault Weapons Ban, and Beyond 90
The New Militia Movement 102
Recent Court Actions 110
Escalating Second Amendment Rhetoric 115
5 Key People, Cases, and Events 131
6 Documents 155
The Calling Forth Act of 1792 156
The Uniform Militia Act of 1792 159
United States v. Cruikshank (1876) 165
Presser v. Illinois (1886) 189
United States v. Miller (1939) 200
Quilici v. Village of Morton Grove (1982) 206
State Right-to-Bear-Arms Provisions 218
Major Party Platforms on Gun Control 227
Chronology 235
Table of Cases 243
Annotated Bibliography 247
Index 257
About the Author 263
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