The mythic meanings of the Second Amendment : taming political violence in a constitutional republic / David C. Williams.

David Williams offers a new reading of the Second Amendment suggesting that it guarantees to individuals a right to arms only insofar as they are part of a united & consensual people so that their uprising can be a unified revolution rather than a civil war.

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Bibliographic Details
Main Author: Williams, David C., 1960-
Format: eBook
Published: New Haven : Yale University Press, ©2003.
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Table of Contents:
  • The background of the framers' thinking
  • The history of the Second Amendment
  • The original legal meaning of the Second Amendment and the military provisions of the constitution
  • Antirevolutionists
  • Libertarians and populists
  • The militia movement's theory of the Second Amendment
  • Outgroups and the Second Amendment
  • The silent crisis
  • Redeeming the people.