John R. Lott on the right to bear arms

March 19, 2008
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jacket imageAfter hearing a case about the District of Columbia’s handgun ban on Tuesday, the Supreme Court has the opportunity to redefine the legal interpretation of the Second Amendment. As laws controlling handgun ownership have been enacted, such laws have been challenged on constitutional grounds. Control advocates interpret the amendment as creating a collective right—the right of states to form militias and of individuals to participate in the common defense. Control opponents interpret the amendment as creating an individual right to own and use firearms.
John R. Lott Jr., author of the influential and hotly-debated book More Guns, Less Crime, weighs in on the side of the latter interpretation in a commentary in the National Review. You can read the article at the National Review Online.
Also read an interview with the author.

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