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That Every Man Be Armed: The Evolution of a Constitutional Right
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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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.
“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.”
“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.”More quotes…