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Americans cherish their right to bear arms, and The Second Amendment Primer, by Virginia Republican Les Adams, explains the history behind this important legal right. Narrator Kevin Henderson calmly and authoritatively presents a selection of historical documents and speeches alongside interpretive commentary that greatly aids listeners in understanding the basis of today's gun laws. Henderson also convincingly advocates Adams' perspective against the "collectivist" interpretation of the Second Amendment, providing substantial ammunition for listeners looking for evidence supporting their right to own a gun for the protection of home and family.
A simple guide to understanding your Second Amendment freedoms.
So much of the debate about the Second Amendment is in scholarly journals and academic papers written by scholars and judges, or directed towards other scholars, law professors, attorneys, and judges. Trying to wade through the extensive footnotes and references to legal cases and historical precedents known only to the academic elite is more than enough to make anyone feel hopeless.
With The Second Amendment Primer, Les Adams finally provides an accessible discussion of the Second Amendment. It is a “primer” because it is elementary. Chronologically arranged, it traces the development of the right to keep and bear arms from its birth in ancient Greece to its addition in the U.S. Constitution. Supplemental essays discuss the Second Amendment’s interpretation in today’s world from the viewpoints of both firearms enthusiasts as well as those who would limit the amendment’s purview.
Although The Second Amendment Primer is aimed at the average reader, Adams’s facts are detailed and well-documented. Reference margin notes, an extensive bibliography, and a comprehensive subject index showcase the author’s research and show more curious readers how to continue on their path to understanding exactly what the Second Amendment is saying. Using this “citizen’s guide” as a stepping stone, anyone can become a successful scholar of the right to bear arms.
I was impressed with how the author described his approach to the material and how he arranged it. Very valuable.
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Well worth it to understand the true historical background including referenced information. I now know with better accuracy how and why the second amendment came to be in the bill of rights
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going beyomd theories and conjectures, the author absolutley DESTROYS the arguments of anti-second-amendment advocates with remarkable precision using historical concrete fact.
this just became my go to.
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Thank you for this Primer it was very informative. The research on gun rights in America and common law practice is very interesting. The specific words chosen should mean a lot in today's American society especially when we go by the letter of the law.
I would recommend this to anyone actually researching the Second Amendment, The American Constitution, the Bill of Rights, or the historical right to bear arms throughout the ages. It gives a very in-depth and, in my opinion, unbiased opinion about the history of the right to bear arms all over the world. It starts in ancient Greece and Rome goes through English history, and then ends up in modern America (well, the 1990s anyway).
It does not address the emotional debate that is going on in the last few years in America about mass shootings. It was written before they became the plague they are today. However, it does illustrate the arguments for having a basic right to bear arms, and compares it to other amendments.
The most important part of the book is putting the bill of rights in context as protecting individual instead of collective rights.
A good read for constitutional scholars, and anyone wading into the debate about he right to bear arms.
many facts concerning gun control and violence. this book reads like a bloomberg creation. or Obama or Clinton. Not enough good men left TTL fight. we will lose soon.
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