For the Defense of Themselves and the State
The Original Intent and Judicial Interpretation of the Right to Keep and Bear Arms
Provides important background, analysis, documentation, and perspective for the ongoing national debate over arms.
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[This book] provides the kind of scholarly resource that educated citizens need to think for themselves, a rich digest of primary sources documenting--in their own words--the views, motives, and intentions of the Framers, historic commentators, legislators, and judiciary who have debated the right to keep and bear arms from the origins of our republic. Preston K. Covey, Carnegie Mellon University
Beginning with its origins in the English Civil War, Clayton Cramer traces the development in the United States of the right to keep and bear arms--through the Constitutional Convention, the ratification debates that followed, its inclusion by Congress in the Bill of Rights, to the present controversy over gun control. This book provides important background, analysis, documentation, and perspective for the ongoing national debate over arms.
- Table of Contents
IntroductionPrefaceAcknowledgmentsDefinitionsEuropean OriginsThe Legislative History of the Second AmendmentProblems of Judicial Interpretation"To Keep and Carry Arms Wherever They Went""No Negro . . . Shall Be Allowed To Carry Fire-Arms""Carrying Concealed Weapons Is a Grievous Evil""A Proper Reason for Carrying a Pistol"Civil Rights, Civil DisturbancesThe Right Comes Out of Its Coma?At the CrossroadsSelected BibliographyIndex
The book provides important background, analysis, documentation, and perspective to this debate, particularly the role it plays in civil disturbances, civil liberties, the right to police protection (or what should take its place when police are unable to offer adquate protection), and a legislative history of the Second Amendment.