The Second Amendment Controversy-Explained by Theodore Johnson
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" What should give readers pause, however, is that Johnson sometimes blurs the distinction between the Court’s commentary and actual ruling… Readers seeking a balanced approach to Second Amendment concerns may also be disturbed by the author’s heavy use of pro-gun anecdotes, which detract from the weight of the book and tip it toward polemic."
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Many strongly and dogmatically believe the Second Amendment to be an individual right. Many others just as strongly and dogmatically believe the Second Amendment to be a collective right. Therefore the book title seems to state a promise too good to be true or impossible to fulfill. However the book thoroughly, fairly, and clearly presents the relevant facts such that the promise is fulfilled. The text traces the legal basis for the contradictory positions in a readable fashion. It shows the intended meaning of the Second Amendment and documents the reasoning of those who disagree. Also included is a discussion on the philosophical foundations for each of the positions. The last few chapters present some of the Second Amendment's implications on the country's legal and social structures. Following each chapter are human interest accounts of the use of firearms. The appendices provide extensive resource materials (relevant court decisions, constitution convention notes, federal law, Constitution letters of ratification, etc.) for further study and for verification that the book's handling of the Second Amendment is fair, accurate and complete. The appendices comprise a basic Second Amendment Reference Library "for the people."
 

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Published October 7, 2002 by iUniverse. 600 pages
Genres: Professional & Technical, Law & Philosophy, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction
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on May 26 2014

" What should give readers pause, however, is that Johnson sometimes blurs the distinction between the Court’s commentary and actual ruling… Readers seeking a balanced approach to Second Amendment concerns may also be disturbed by the author’s heavy use of pro-gun anecdotes, which detract from the weight of the book and tip it toward polemic."

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