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The Second Amendment by Michael Waldman
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Jul 09, 2017

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On the one hand, The Second Amendment: A Biography offers a fair summary of the framing of the Second Amendment, the paucity of interpretations of its meaning by the Supreme Court, the cultural shifts and advocacy that affected political power, and the novelty of the Heller decision. On the other hand, the book seems more of a skewed legal brief than the sort of history it advocates--thorough and dispassionate. The ultimate purpose seems to be advocacy that those who wish to restrict guns need to learn the methodologies of their enemies in order to turn the tide.

The book has merits. I learned from this book. It gave me things to think about and questions to pursue in further reading. But, it failed to meet my expectations. The author is smart and knowledgeable; he could have produced a better book.

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