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

Suggested Citation

Kates, Don B., Genocide, Self Defense, and the Right to Arms (April 15, 2006). Hamline Law Review, Available at SSRN: or

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