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A Little Handbook on the Second Amendment: What the American aristocracy Does Not Want You to Know. Paperback – December 3, 1999

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From the Author

Although considerable progress has been made regarding gun rights in the United States, many of our citizens and government representatives still need to be better informed on the subject. Hopefully this book will continue to be widely read by American citizens. We need to be better informed about: (A) how our government is meant to function, (B) how an armed citizenry is meant to provide checks against government encroachment of individual rights and lawless attacks against individual citizens by criminals that government cannot prevent. Stay safe. Stay free.

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An easily read summary of information found in academic books on the Second Amendment. Every American should read this book. Every politician should receive a copy of this book. The greatest challenge of a scholar is to change the mind of another.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 105 pages
  • Publisher: The Downhome Enterprise (December 3, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0966935918
  • ISBN-13: 978-0966935912
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.3 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,668,975 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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33 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Joseph H Pierre on April 24, 2001
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Less scholarly than Stephen Halbrook's "That Every Man Be Armed," or "The Right to Keep and Bear Arms" by the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, chaired by Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah)--this is nevertheless a well-reasoned and valuable little booklet. Only 96 pages, in large easily readable type, it is a valuable addition to the gun-control debate. I would like to see it widely read.
I have a couple of quibbles, or perhaps reservations about the author's personal conclusions: on page 5, as one of the six parties who contribute to the lack of substantive discussion on gun-control he contends that "big business" has no interest in promoting our model of government. That statement reeks of the paranoid class-warfare philosophy espoused by the very socialistic promoters of gun-control whom he scorns. An unfortunate stance.
I think that it is an unwarranted assumption. Later, he also blames big business for the content of school textbooks (which fail to teach our system's principles) and for the views expressed in the press, which he says they "control." I also doubt those claims, and think they are unjustified. Editorial staff controls the editorial content of newspapers, magazines and textbooks. The owners, by and large, are simply interested in readership, which enables them to sell the product or advertising and make money. Therefore, they hire professionals, whom they leave alone to do their jobs. Why many, if not most, of the professionals in those areas are exponents of gun-control is potentially a more revealing question, the answer to which may lie in the institutions from which they spring and the politics of the professors who teach them.
The bulk of the book is informative and well-researched.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By 1gewehr on June 17, 2003
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If you wanted to REALLY know what the Founding Fathers thought about guns, this is the place to look. References go as far back as Norse law, and are built upon through English Common Law and end up being fully codified in the Second Amendment to the US Constitution.
Dr. Bass presents a logical and easily referenced source for understanding the reasoning behind the right to bear arms in the US. It is easily read and understood. It would be the best starting point for those who seek to research gun control and it's history in the US.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. Lichtenstein on June 29, 2008
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Excellent book, very easy to read, and understand. If you want a simple, but detailed, history of the 2nd amendment, how it came about, what our Founding Fathers were thinking, etc. this is the best book I've seen on the subject. There are some others that are more detailed, but this gives you all the important information, in a quick read. The author also refers the reader to other books that do have the more detailed information, for those that want to explore deeper the specific areas of the 2nd amendment. Great read. I highly recomend it to anybody interested in the history of the 2nd amendment.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By christopher drozd on May 30, 2013
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Well put together. Puts the Second Amendment in perspective with regard to US Founders' intent and today's societal trajectory. A must read.
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