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1. The Right to Bear Arms
About this Lecture
In this module, we think about the Second Amendment of the US Constitution, focusing in particular on: (i) the history of the right to bear arms in English law, including the 1689 Bill of Rights; and (ii) the precise wording (and punctuation) of the Second Amendment, and the question of what kind of right it actually enshrines – and for whom.
In this course, Dr Kevin Yuill (University of Sunderland) explores the history of gun control in the United States from the colonial period to the present day. In the first module, we think about the history of the right to bear arms in English law, and the precise formulation of the Second Amendment: ‘A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed’. After that, we trace the history of gun control in the United States from the early 17th-century to the present day in four key periods – 1619-1857, 1865-1911, 1911-34 and 1945-present.
Dr Kevin Yuill is Associate Professor of American History at the University of Sunderland. His primary interests are in the intellectual history of the United States, particularly race and equality in the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries, attitudes to suicide and death, and attitudes to the possession of firearms. His recent publications include (as co-author) The Second Amendment and Gun Control: Freedom, Fear, and the American Constitution (2017) and Assisted Suicide: the Liberal, Humanist Case Against Legalization (2013).
Cite this Lecture
Yuill, K. (2021, February 10). US Politics – The Second Amendment and Gun Control - The Right to Bear Arms [Video]. MASSOLIT. https://www.massolit.io/courses/us-politics-the-second-amendment-and-gun-control/the-right-to-bear-arms
Yuill, Kevin. "US Politics – The Second Amendment and Gun Control – The Right to Bear Arms." MASSOLIT, uploaded by MASSOLIT, 10 Feb 2021, https://www.massolit.io/courses/us-politics-the-second-amendment-and-gun-control/the-right-to-bear-arms