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A Well-Regulated MilitiaThe Founding Fathers and the Origins of Gun Control in America$
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Saul Cornell

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195147865

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195147865.001.0001

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CONCLUSION

CONCLUSION

A NEW PARADIGM FOR THE SECOND AMENDMENT

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(p.211) CONCLUSION
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A Well-Regulated Militia
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Saul Cornell (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195147865.003.0008

This concluding chapter discusses what can be gleaned from the history of the Second Amendment. It is argued that the most important consequence of reading the Second Amendment by its original understanding is that it demonstrates that both the modern collective rights and individual rights interpretations of the Second Amendment do great harm to the text, effectively erasing half of its original meaning. The current debate over the Second Amendment ought to serve as a wake-up call to Americans, and both sides in this debate need to back away from extremist rhetoric.

Keywords:   Second Amendment, right to bear arms, modern collective rights, individual rights

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