In the Civic Republic: Crime, the Inner City, and the Democracy of Arms - Being a Disquisition on the Revival of the Militia at Large
Robert J. Cottrol & Raymond T. Diamond, In the Civic Republic: Crime, the Inner City, and the Democracy of Arms - Being a Disquisition on the Revival of the Militia at Large, 45 Conn. L. Rev. 1605 (2013).
33 Pages Posted: 13 Jun 2019
Date Written: 2013
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, Militia, District of Columbia v. Heller, "right to bear arms", Gun rights
JEL Classification: K14, K00
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