Witches and Guns: The Intersection between Wicca and the Second Amendment

25 Pages Posted: 9 Mar 2015

Date Written: February 4, 2015

Abstract

This is the first academic exploration of the intersection between the Wiccan religion and the Second Amendment. The article provides all necessary background on Wiccan philosophy and principles, particularly on the Wiccan Rede. The article next explores founder Gerald Gardner's contributions to Wicca based on his views on self-defense, militia service, and ritual knife use. The article then considers arms issues in modern Wicca such as individual self-defense, military and police service, hunting, and contemporary ritual knife use. Finally, the article explores and response to opposition to generally held Wiccan beliefs regarding the Second Amendment.

Keywords: Wicca, Paganism, Religion, Second Amendment, Constitution, Rights

Suggested Citation

Wilson, Alycia, Witches and Guns: The Intersection between Wicca and the Second Amendment (February 4, 2015). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2560634 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2560634

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