In the Civic Republic: Crime, the Inner City, and the Democracy of Arms — Being a Disquisition on the Revival of the Militia at Large

33 Pages Posted: 29 Apr 2014

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Robert J. Cottrol

The George Washington University

Raymond T. Diamond

Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge - Paul M. Hebert Law Center

Date Written: July 2013

Abstract

This Article examines the modern utility of the Second Amendment’s guarantee of “the right to keep and bear arms” in light of the phenomenon of modern crime, particularly black-on-black violence in urban America. Although many advocates of gun control have argued that crime in modern cities is a reason for modifying or severely truncating the right to have arms, the Authors argue that the right to have arms and the Second Amendment’s notion of a universal militia can be the basis of a new partnership between police and citizens in urban America. This new partnership can, if properly developed, be a useful tool in fighting crime in inner-city communities.

Keywords: Second Amendment, Bear Arms, Militia, Urban, Inner-City, Crime, Violence, Firearms, Gun Control, Police, Race, African American, Black-on-Black Violence, Self-Defense, Civil Rights, Citizenry, Citizen Participation

Suggested Citation

Cottrol, Robert J. and Diamond, Raymond T., In the Civic Republic: Crime, the Inner City, and the Democracy of Arms — Being a Disquisition on the Revival of the Militia at Large (July 2013). Connecticut Law Review, Vol. 45, 2013, GWU Law School Public Law Research Paper No. 2014-12, GWU Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2014-12, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2430410

Robert J. Cottrol (Contact Author)

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Raymond T. Diamond

Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge - Paul M. Hebert Law Center ( email )

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