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That Every Man Be Armed: The Evolution of a Constitutional Right

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This is an authoritative study of the second amendment, using history and current-day analysis. It is one of the only scholarly works on the subject, but has proven widely accessible. Halbrook traces the origins of the Second Amendment back to ancient Greece and Rome, and then through the "freemen" movement in 18th-century England and France. He demonstrates that the frame ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published February 15th 2013 by University of New Mexico Press (first published 1984)
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Donald G Charlson
Very well researched book

This book was very well researched and written. It should be required reading for any historical discussion regarding people’s right to self-defense and U.S. history.
T.L. Blankenburg
2nd Amendment

Great research on the history of the 2nd amendment. I recommend this book to all who wish to understand the Bill of Rights.
Jeff
Feb 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: history, self-defense, 2a
A little bit harder to read then his "The Founder's Second Amendment" book. While this book was published earlier, part of the book felt repetitious as I had already read the other book. This books goes farther back than the US to examine other societies such as Rome and why the right to keep and bear arms existed back then. Still a good book to have as a reference.
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May 06, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crazy-about
I picked this up on a whim. Lots of information contained within; a concise read on gun rights and laws from the English shores to the U.S.
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“The balance of power is the scale of peace. The same balance would be preserved were all the world destitute of arms, for all would be alike; but since some will not, others dare not lay them aside.… Horrid mischief would ensue were one half the world deprived of the use of them; … the weak will become a prey to the strong.” 0 likes
“This argument—“We are all of us carried along by a fiery zeal to recover our liberty; our arms cannot be wrested from our hands,”97—was a politico-military ideal but an inaccurate prediction, for both Cicero and the Roman republic, in part due to the inferiority of their arms, were killed within the year by Caesar’s standing army.” 0 likes
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