27 Words

13 MEMOIR: The Guns Issue 85-102 (2013)

19 Pages Posted: 7 Oct 2013

Date Written: July 4, 2013


The 27 words of the Second Amendment formed the basis of the United States Supreme Court's decision in District of Columbia v. Heller (2008), in which the 5-4 majority relied upon a wealth of interpretations of an "individual right" that accelerated after the assassination of President JFK. This blend of intellectual and "popular" constitutionalism has continued after Heller, despite mass shootings with assault weapons, with continued support for a particular construction of the text of the Second Amendment. This piece interweaves constitutional histories, theories, cases, text, and scholarship of the Second Amendment with popular culture and personal narrative to query whether the interpretation of an individual right inherent in the "27 words" should continue to prevail.

Keywords: Second Amendment, Constitutional Interpretation, Guns, Creative Nonfiction

Suggested Citation

Robson, Ruthann, 27 Words (July 4, 2013). 13 MEMOIR: The Guns Issue 85-102 (2013) , Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2335589

Ruthann Robson (Contact Author)

CUNY School of Law ( email )

2 Court Square
Long Island City, NY 11101
United States

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