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.
- 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