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The Second Amendment Primer: A Citizen's Guidebook to the History, Sources, and Authorities for the Constitutional Guarantee of the Right to Keep and Bear Arms. Leather Bound – 1996


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Product Details

  • Leather Bound: 343 pages
  • Publisher: Palladium Press (1996)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0006QSTH4
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 4.2 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,566,248 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Les Adams is a lawyer, editor, and publisher. He has a BA in English from the University of North Carolina, an MA in English from Columbia University, a JD, cum laude, from the Cumberland Law School of Samford University, and an LLD from Iowa’s William Penn College. He is a member of the Alabama Bar Association and a life member of the National Rifle Association. He resides in Houston, Texas.
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Customer Reviews

The book does a great job of explaining it all in a well laid out and logical manner.
wdh
Very true explanations of the original intent with many excerpts from the writings of our forefathers all the way back to English times.
T. Graham
He thought it was a great gift and couldn't wait to see what his other presents were.
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21 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Yaygull on August 16, 2006
Format: Leather Bound
This well-written, easily accessible book takes the reader on a historical journey through the basis for the Second Amendment, establishing the reasoning of the Founding Fathers for including the Second Amendment in the Bill of Rights. From the ancient Greek and Roman philosophers and statesmen to the European tradition, the Second Amendment Primer will eliminate any doubt in your mind that the Second Amendment is a necessary clause protecting citizens not only from criminals and foriegn invasion, but from the government itself, should the need ever arise.

Furthermore, this book denounces, with excellent documentation, the "collectivist" idea that the Second Amendment is only meant to protect so-called "militia members". Instead, this text provides historical context for the crafting of the Bill of Rights, in the form of original writings of the Founding Fathers, showing that they fully intended the Second Amendment to cover the rights of every individual citizen.

Overall, this book is a great read if you are interested in learning about the history and necessity of the Second Amendment, especially if you are having trouble making up your mind.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Candid Reviewer TOP 500 REVIEWER on February 5, 2014
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As I said in my review of John Lott's formidable study "More Guns Less Crime" (3rd edn., 2010), I was never staunchly anti-gun, but years in graduate school and the insular politics of academia had inclined me to view guns more negatively than positively--until I finally started a three-year journey looking into the facts for myself that changed my opinion completely. I am now a strong supporter of gun rights and the 2nd Amendment, and I am astonished how much bad and patently false information about guns still circulates as purported fact among well-educated people.

If John Lott's "More Guns, Less Crime" is the single most comprehensive study (by far) of the relationship between guns and crimes, then Les Adams' "The Second Amendment Primer: A Citizen's Guidebook..." is the best single-volume compilation I've found of historical and legal viewpoints about the right to bear arms as it was understood from ancient times to the present day (principally as codified in the laws of 16th to 18th century Europe, and especially in the English Common Law that so thoroughly influenced the laws/values of early America). Although not exhaustive in its coverage (that would require many volumes!), it is impressively expansive in its scope. Adams wisely focuses on illustrating the remarkable continuity of the belief that the right to bear arms is truly inviolable: it is not conferred by some authority or government; rather, it is inherent (natural) and inalienable. Much of the material is presented directly from primary sources, exactly as written in legal codes or penned by influential leaders of the time.
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16 of 22 people found the following review helpful By M. A. Froehlich on July 14, 2005
Format: Leather Bound
This book is outstanding. I really appreciate the unbiased and objective content that the author has written. All too often, books on this subject are biased and lack solid facts. Also, the book is easy to read, as the author placed side notes in the margins describing the subject matter as well as highlighting points. Regardless of where one stands on the issue of gun control, etc, this is a worthwhile read, and it is the best book I have read on the subject.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ted alberta on August 14, 2013
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Most people my age really don't have an advanced working knowlege of things we should have studied while in school. We were to busy and the teachers, frankly, were poor, they really sucked. Taught us nothing...
Now, we have the opportunity to learn valuable and useable information, such as The Second Amendment Primer, and the whole wold becomes brighter. This book is like turning on a bright light. Always looking to learn more, Thanks !
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I have several books, articles and collections on the 2nd Amendment and this has become one of my more valued reference volumes. Detailed, extensive, easy to ready and highly quotable, Les Adams' primer is one of the best out there in my opinion.
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Its a good, easy to read, long history of the second amendment and its predesessors and what it means based on the context and times it was written.
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By charlesgha on February 8, 2014
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How did the documents our founding fathers wrote get so screwed up? Historical info on why the 2nd amendment is included in our Bill of Rights. Slowly, the commissars we now have in Washington, are voiding our freedom.
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This is an excellent book for any gun owner who's tired of hearing the Second Amendment is about militias. Les Adams digs back through history to explain why we have a Second Amendment. You'll learn why it's worded the way it is and why is was such an important part of our Bill of Rights and why it's so important to America's future.
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