Second Amendment Introduction


A great introduction to the Second Amendment, its various interpretations by both pro-Second Amendment and Gun Control groups, and a survey of the federal case law.

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Second Amendment Introduction
December 8, 6:30pm-8:30pm
Stonewall Range, Broadview Heights

The purpose of this Introductory class is to lay out the issues that have been debated for more than 100 years.  This class does not exhaustively treat any of the issues, but rather lays the groundwork for further study and more advanced classes and provides a basis for sensible discussion.  Although the presenter here has a pro-Second Amendment bias, a strong effort is made to present the opposing arguments in their best light.   Only in this way is the pro-Second Amendment supporter prepared to argue his or her position.   Those who do not classify themselves as “pro-Second Amendment” or “Pro-Gun” are welcome in this class.

  • Introduction
    1. The words. 15 min.
    2. 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.
      1. Well regulated
      2. Militia
      3. Security
      4. Free State
      5. Right
      6. People
      7. Keep and Bear
      8. Arms
      9. Infringed
  • Context and History 15 min
    1. The federalists versus the anti-federalists.
    2. The larger Constitution
    3. The Bill of Rights
    4. Contemporaneous State Constitutions
  • Pre-2008 Federal Cases 30 min
    1. S. v. Cruikshank(1876)
    2. Presser v. Illinois(1886)
    3. Miller v. Texas(1894)
    4. S. v. Miller(1939)
    5. Lewis v. U.S.(1980)
    6. Burton v. Sills(1968)
    7. S. v. Verdugo-Urquidez
  • The great Heller case-2008 30 min
    1. McDonald v. Chicago 5 min
    2. What next?  10 min