The Founders� Second Amendment
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The Founders� Second Amendment

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Do individuals have a constitutional right to bear arms in a free society? Or is this power vested solely in the state? Tackling a hotly debated and polarizing political issue, Stephen Halbrook seeks to answer this debate by presenting the views of the Founders who created the Second Amendment.

Stephen Halbrook argues that the traditional interpretation of the Second Amend...more
Hardcover, 424 pages
Published February 14th 2008 by Stanford Law and Politics
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No one can make a truly informed decision about the 2nd Amendment, guns rights/control, weapons possession/use, and self-defense without reading this book. An astounding opus. It should be required reading for every American citizen.
Drew Danko
If you are looking for a serious treatment of the second amendment here it is. The author thoroughly researched the subject. I entered the book hoping for answers to questions raised from all the debate currently inflicting us. For the most part the author answered them. It would be hard for anyone to argue against his support for a strict interpretation of the 2nd amendment; his references well establish what the founders' original intent and meaning were.

But some things still trouble me. Given...more
There are a lot of sources and quotes in this book. It's fun enough to read through them, but most of it can be skipped unless you're eager to engage in an argument on the subject and need material. This reinforced my view that the 2nd isn't complicated unless somebody makes it out to be for the sake of advancing their agenda. Specifically, the 2nd becomes more difficult to understand if it is misused to define the relationship between the federal or state governments and the militia. That is do...more
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Paige Gordon
This book is a very in-depth discourse with TONS of sources combining to paint an accurate picture of what the Founding Fathers meant by the wording of the Second Ammendment. Contrary to what some people will try and tell you, they meant exactly what they wrote - the people have a right to own and carry firearms and ANY infringment that the government makes on that right is unconstitutional. This book is well worth reading if you would like to further educate yourself in order to refute the fals...more
Josh Dubs
I read a review that suggested that this book was a convincing defense of the Second Amendment, and I have to respectfully disagree.

Stephen Halbrook meticulously weaves the history of the Second Amendment, from the foment of the American Revolution to the Constitutional Convention and beyond in an almost completely unbiased fashion. In fact I was unable to glean any real opinion of the author until the last few pages of the text.

I do agree that this is not "light" reading, and if you're not read...more
This book reads like a lawyer's brief,which is not surprising given that Halbrook is one. Halbook amasses much information about the legal background to the Second Amendment. Very thorough, and many of the findings will need to be incorporated by both sides into the ongoing debate about the application of the Second Amendment today. Halbrook's legal findings are compelling but not exhaustive, and one gets a sense that he has not fully looked at the historical application of the Second Amendment....more
Definitely not a thriller, but a serious and important book. Well researched and well documented. An excellent defense of the individual right to keep and bear arms. If you haven't read it, you don't know why the Second Amendment is in the Bill of Rights.
This is a great reference for understanding the origins of the Second Amendment. However, it's not a great read. Kind of long and boring. Read enough to gain confidence that the author has done thorough research and then skip to the last chapter.
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