175 pages, 6 x 9
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Common Sense in the Second Amendment
Eighteenth-Century English and the U.S. Bill of Rights
By Margie Burns
This book analyses the words "infringe" and "abridge" to boost an accurate understanding of the Second Amendment. The wording of the first and second amendments was shaped by the period when the Bill of Rights was created by the authors and ratified by the states and was shaped by previous centuries of English usage and etymology. The language of 1789 should be an important element in ongoing discussion of gun control policies, a crucial issue for the people and our courts.
Margie Burns is a professional writer and a university faculty member. Published work includes scholarly and general-interest articles, print and online journalism, and The Female Precariat, with Tamara Ionkova Hammond and Rachelann Lopp Copland (Universitas Press, 2019).
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