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: 13 Jun 2019

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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: 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, Militia, District of Columbia v. Heller, "right to bear arms", Gun rights

JEL Classification: K14, K00

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 (2013). 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)., GWU Law School Public Law Research Paper No. 2019-31, GWU Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2019-31, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3403128 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3403128

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