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That Every Man Be Armed: The Evolution of a Constitutional Right (Independent Studies in Political Economy) Paperback – March 1, 1994
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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!
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).
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.Read more ›
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If you want to keep your guns this is a must read book. You will find that the 14th Ammendment is just as important the 2nd Ammendment if not more so. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
If you're an American or an international who wants to know the truth about this historic palladium of liberty - get it; r dead it; tell your friends.Published 11 months ago by Cutter Bill
This is an interesting, accessible, and well written overview of U.S. constitutional history and court rulings regarding the Second Amendment. Read morePublished on July 20, 2013 by Avid Reader
Excellent background reference. Give you sound reasons for being able to implement the 2nd amendment on a personal basis. Read morePublished on April 17, 2013 by William J. Price
This book is hard to read - it goes back to Greek and Roman times and finds examples both pro and con for arming the citizenry - depending on the powers at the time. Read morePublished on January 18, 2013 by Fozwort
I actually read this book more than 15 years ago. I've read many more books on gun rights since that time. Read morePublished on August 14, 2010 by Average Joe
This volume by Stephen Halbrook was a key sourcebook for my research when I wrote a published law journal note titled "Taking a Second Look at the Second Amendment" during my time... Read morePublished on June 16, 2009 by No one of consequence