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The Resource The Second Amendment : a biography, Michael Waldman

The Second Amendment : a biography, Michael Waldman

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The Second Amendment : a biography
Title
The Second Amendment
Title remainder
a biography
Statement of responsibility
Michael Waldman
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Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • "By the president of the prestigious Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law, the life story of the most controversial, volatile, misunderstood provision of the Bill of Rights. At a time of renewed debate over guns in America, what does the Second Amendment mean? This book looks at history to provide some surprising, illuminating answers. The Amendment was written to calm public fear that the new national government would crush the state militias made up of all (white) adult men--who were required to own a gun to serve. Waldman recounts the raucous public debate that has surrounded the amendment from its inception to the present. As the country spread to the Western frontier, violence spread too. But through it all, gun control was abundant. Inthe 20th century, with Prohibition and gangsterism, the first federal control laws were passed. In all four separate times the Supreme Court ruled against a constitutional right to own a gun. The present debate picked up in the 1970s--part of a backlashto the liberal 1960s and a resurgence of libertarianism. A newly radicalized NRA entered the campaign to oppose gun control and elevate the status of an obscure constitutional provision. In 2008, in a case that reached the Court after a focused drive by conservative lawyers, the US Supreme Court ruled for the first time that the Constitution protects an individual right to gun ownership. Famous for his theory of "originalism," Justice Antonin Scalia twisted it in this instance to base his argument on contemporary conditions. In The Second Amendment: A Biography, Michael Waldman shows that our view of the amendment is set, at each stage, not by a pristine constitutional text, but by the push and pull, the rough and tumble of political advocacy and publicagitation"--
  • "By the president of the prestigious Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law, the life story of the most controversial, volatile, misunderstood provision of the Bill of Rights"--
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1960-
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Waldman, Michael
Dewey number
344.7305/33
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • United States.
  • Firearms
  • Constitutional history
  • HISTORY / United States / General
  • LAW / Legal History
  • LAW / Constitutional
Label
The Second Amendment : a biography, Michael Waldman
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Control code
BK0014026802
Dimensions
25 cm.
Edition
First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition.
Extent
255 pages
Isbn
9781476747446
Lccn
2013051339
Label
The Second Amendment : a biography, Michael Waldman
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Control code
BK0014026802
Dimensions
25 cm.
Edition
First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition.
Extent
255 pages
Isbn
9781476747446
Lccn
2013051339

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