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Product Details

  • Series: Independent Studies in Political Economy
  • Paperback: 275 pages
  • Publisher: Independent Institute; 2nd edition (March 1, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0945999380
  • ISBN-13: 978-0945999386
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #725,967 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“The definitive book on the historical and legal development of the Second Amendment and our right to bear arms.” —Senator Orrin G. Hatch

About the Author

Stephen P. Halbrook has taught philosophy and law at Tuskegee Institute, Georgetown University, Howard University, and George Mason University. He has won three cases he argued before the U.S. Supreme Court, including Printz v. United States, which overturned portions of the “Brady Bill” requiring local police to enforce federal gun control regulations.

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And it is this above all which makes Halbrook's book so valuable.
Rod D. Martin
This book is essential reading for everyone who wishes to defend the Second Amendment and the right to bear arms.
eunomius
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62 of 63 people found the following review helpful By urbane-guerrilla@rocketmail.com on October 6, 1997
Format: Paperback
Stephen P. Halbrook, author and Constitutional lawyer, puts under a single cover in this compact and engagingly written volume an enormous sweep of the history and legal reasoning regarding a human right that has rather sadly fallen into disrepute in the last three decades -- the people's natural and supraconstitutional right to effective self-defense and by extension, defense of their nation. His citings of such famous gun-law cases as _U.S. vs Cruikshank_ and _U.S. vs Miller_ are particularly valuable and conveniently placed where the lay reader can conveniently refer to them. (Did you know that the Supreme Court decision in U.S. v. Cruikshank 1876 was exactly the opposite of what the anti-gun activists represent it to be? I didn't, until I read the more complete citation set forth in this book.)
Mr. Halbrook also assembles an extensive collection of the founding fathers' writings on firearms vis-a-vis civil liberties. You may have seen these things printed on T-shirts -- here they are set forth in full. These will provide the gun rights activist with the knowledge to rebut, indeed to flatten, the antigunners' misrepresentations about what the framers of the Constitution had in mind with the 2nd Amendment. A thorough study of the material in this book will allow the gun-rights activist and the freedom-minded individual to argue for arming the private person -- with machine guns, should he want them -- in any discussion, anytime, anywhere, without feeling like a tobacco lobbyist!
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62 of 64 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 17, 1999
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Halbrook surveys the right to bear arms--which is an ancient democratic right--from ancient times to the Founding Fathers, all the way up to the modern debates on so-called "gun control." He proves irrefutably that the Second Amendment right to bear arms is an individual right. Even ultra-liberal gun haters like Alan Dershowitz and Laurence Tribe have come to the conclusion, however reluctantly, that the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms is an INDIVIDUAL right of every American citizen.
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96 of 103 people found the following review helpful By Brian L. Baskind on October 30, 1999
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I'm pleased that a book has been written giving the Founder's view of the right to keep and bear arms. I am somewhat less pleased with the review left by "Reader from the United States", who didn't bother attempting to refute the arguments in the book, but made references to court decisions (which courts--and when?), and making insulting references to "rednecks" and "yahoos". I thought insulting personal references to groups of people, or individuals, was prohibited by Amazon.Com in reviews.
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67 of 71 people found the following review helpful By John J. Baeza on July 17, 2000
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Stephen Halbrook's classic scholarly work should be read by all concerned with our civil liberties, and in particular, our second amendment right to keep and bear arms. The text leaves no doubt that the right is an individual one and that the militia is NOT the National Guard or some select militia, but the people themselves. Anyone who believes that the right is intended for a National Guard or select militia has ignored the fact that our Founding Fathers were very concerned about a select group having arms while the general population went unarmed. Also, Halbrook's review of the debates on the ratification of the 14th amendment clearly show that the second amendment is covered by the 14th amendment. Halbrook also describes how some states discriminated against freed slaves by denying them their second amendment rights.
Overall, this is an excellent learned treatise. After you finish with this book, try reading any book or article by David Kopel, Stephen Halbrook, Don Kates or Clayton Cramer (to name only a few of the second amendment scholars).
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65 of 70 people found the following review helpful By eunomius on August 28, 1999
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This is one of the most profound works that one will ever come into contact with. In it, Halbrook demonstrates the true meaning of the right to keep and bear arms, and why it is so vital to the maintenance of liberty. The basic equation that emerges from his discourse is that liberty can only exist if a populace is armed. In addition to this, he delves into the constitutional, political, and ideological origins of the Second Amendment. Moreover, he demostrates exactly what the Amendment means, what it was intended to imply, and what it still means today. This book is essential reading for everyone who wishes to defend the Second Amendment and the right to bear arms.
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40 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Rod D. Martin on August 7, 2001
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That Stephen Halbrook is America's premier Second Amendment scholar is amply demonstrated in this tour de force, the definitive book on the history and law behind the citizen's right to keep and bare arms. Published by The Independent Institute, one of America's premier think-tanks, That Every Man Be Armed is comprehensive in scope, and yet easily accessible to the general reader.
The book looks at the right to possess arms in historical context, from ancient Athens down to the present. It gives proper attention to the Founders' generation, both before and after the Revolution, as well as detailed examination of the Fourteenth Amendment and its impact on gun rights under state and local law. In the present day, it examines modern court holdings, as well as the rise of gun control in America (and, of particular note, how it largely arose from the desire of white racists to suppress black freedom in the decades following the Civil War). The book is extensively documented, with close to a hundred pages of notes.
Halbrook establishes beyond question that the Founders' intent was to create a populace sufficiently armed to directly defend their newly won liberty, whether from foreign invasion or from overreaching government. Not only that, he further shows that "modern" gun control was the norm in 18th Century Europe, that the Founders rejected that approach as fatally undermining liberty, and that the Second Amendment was to them the linchpin of all our other freedoms. This fact is especially enlightening given the anti-gun practices of every 20th Century dictatorship, and a point few remember today.
And it is this above all which makes Halbrook's book so valuable.
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