The Gun Dilemma: How History is Against Expanded Gun Rights

The Gun Dilemma: How History is Against Expanded Gun Rights by Robert J. Spitzer 0197643744 9780197643747
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An informed and sophisticated look at the current debate between gun laws and gun rights in America.

Contemporary gun controversies are deeply rooted in our history, yet much of that history is unknown, ignored, or distorted. This is all the more important because a new gun rights movement is pressing to expand the definition of gun rights well beyond the standard set by the Supreme Court in its landmark, controversial Heller ruling from 2008. These activists' efforts have found a receptive audience among a new generation of very conservative federal judges cultivated in part for their professed adherence to the doctrine of constitutional Originalism and fealty to an expansive reading of gun rights.

In The Gun Dilemma, Robert J. Spitzer examines this gun rights 2.0 movement in the light of a host of gun controversies: assault weapons, ammunition magazines, silencers, public gun brandishing and display, and the emergent Second Amendment sanctuary movement. Given the importance of actual gun law history to this debate, Spitzer draws from the historical record to illuminate several contemporary and emergent gun controversies that may well make their way to the Supreme Court. Revealing and illuminating as that history is, he argues that we should not be straitjacketed by that history, but rather informed by it as the nation struggles with how to frame its gun policies.

By utilizing novel information sources to explore both gun law history and current debates, The Gun Dilemma provides an informed and sophisticated challenge to the ascendant originalists who appear to be set on enshrining in law a radical libertarian vision of gun rights.

Author: Robert J. Spitzer

Language: English

Binding: Hardcover

Pages: 200

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Publication Date: 2022-09-06


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