Genocide, Self Defense, and the Right to Arms
Hamline Law Review
11 Pages Posted: 20 Apr 2017
Date Written: April 15, 2006
A population’s right to bear arms can deter and even defend against genocide. Because a government’s decision of whether to embark on genocide is a risk calculation and an armed populace may turn a genocide attempt into a civil war, the costs of such a war might deter the government from initiating genocide in the first place.
Keywords: right to bear arms, Second Amendment, genocide, gun control
JEL Classification: K14
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