The Second Amendment by Michael WaldmanA Biography
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. In the 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 backlash to 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 public agitation.
10 Pros and Cons of the Right to Bear Arms
Officially the 2nd Amendment of the US Constitution, the Right to Bear Arms was signed into law collectively encompassing the nine amendments that compose the Bill of Rights. However, this law became controversial for the section under the Bill of Rights that concerns the enforcement or undoing of the act to restrict the people from possessing firearms or completely ban them from owning one. Basically, the 2nd Amendment was to guarantee people with their right to bear arms, but only limited, where it comes with a number of federal laws that prohibits the ownership of guns and other types of firearms. However, there are also arguments about this law that greatly contradicts several other federal laws, which has made it a continuous controversial issue. It offers self-protection. Having the ability to own a gun can offer people with life-saving protection. According to research, gun owners are less likely to become a victim of violent crimes.
The District of Columbia Work Cited. Pros There is a significant decrease chance in which criminals will attack someone who is armed. There is a clearindication that criminals would be more tentative to attack those who are armed. Armed citizens can help reduce crime because according to John Lott PhD gun laws helped reduce "homicides by 8. It is impossible for the government to protect every single family and person.
While there are benefits to it, there are also drawbacks. To get a well-informed insight of this law, let us take a look at its pros and cons. Symbol of Freedom The individual right to carry arms is seen as an important symbol of individual freedom. In fact, it has become so important that it lasts expression to many people in the US of their individual liberty. There are few symbols as powerful, particularly as this right potentially allows citizens to join a militia and fight a tyrannical government. Much less tangible are the rights to free speech and religion, which lack the power and threat of violence as a check on government tyranny.
Unbiased Guide to Gun Control: Talking Points on Both Sides
The Second Amendment in the United States Constitution involves the right to keep and bear arms for personal protection. The text of it follows below. It is the placement of the commas within the text which has been debated for more than two centuries. Or were they suggesting that every person in the country has a right to keep a gun for their protection? The Supreme Court sided with the idea of collective rights over militia rights when determining how to apply the Second Amendment. It began with United States vs.