Out of Range: Why the Constitution Can't End the Battle over Guns (Inalienable Rights)

Mark Tushnet


Out of Range: Why the Constitution Can't End the Battle over Guns (Inalienable Rights)

Out of Range: Why the Constitution Can't End the Battle over Guns (Inalienable Rights)

  • Title: Out of Range: Why the Constitution Can't End the Battle over Guns (Inalienable Rights)
  • Author: Mark Tushnet
  • ISBN: 9780195304244
  • Page: 208
  • Format: Hardcover



Few constitutional disputes maintain as powerful a grip on the public mind as the battle over the Second Amendment The National Rifle Association and gun control groups struggle unceasingly over a piece of the political landscape that no candidate for the presidency and few for Congress can afford to ignore But who s right Will it ever be possible to settle the argumeFew constitutional disputes maintain as powerful a grip on the public mind as the battle over the Second Amendment The National Rifle Association and gun control groups struggle unceasingly over a piece of the political landscape that no candidate for the presidency and few for Congress can afford to ignore But who s right Will it ever be possible to settle the argument In Out of Range, one of the nation s leading legal scholars takes a calm, objective look at this bitter debate Mark V Tushnet brings to this book a deep expertise in the Constitution, the Supreme Court, and the role of the law in American life He breaks down the different positions on the Second Amendment, showing that it is a mistake to stereotype them Tushnet s exploration is honest and nuanced he finds the constitutional arguments finely balanced, which is one reason the debate has raged for so long Along the way, he examines various experiments in public policy, from both sides, and finds little clear evidence for the practical effectiveness of any approach to gun safety and prosecution Of course, he notes, most advocates of the right to keep and bear arms agree that it should be subject to reasonable regulation Ultimately, Tushnet argues, our view of the Second Amendment reflects our sense of ourselves as a people The answer to the debate will not be found in any holy writ, but in our values and our vision of the nation.This compact, incisive examination offers an honest and thoughtful guide to both sides of the argument, pointing the way to solutions that could calm, if not settle, this bitter dispute.


Recent Comments "Out of Range: Why the Constitution Can't End the Battle over Guns (Inalienable Rights)"

Authoritative, organized, clear, and balanced. The author provides an in-depth examination of the debate over the meaning of the Second Amendment, past and present, and its context in a larger confrontation between ideological camps in America. He presents the arguments offered by supporters of both more protection for the rights of gun owners and more restrictions on those rights, and ultimately demonstrates that although both groups sincerely believe that the Second Amendment clearly supports [...]

This is a pretty fair assessment of the constitutional status of the Second Amendment. Since the Supreme Court will be addressing the Second Amendment for the first time since 1939 in the next few months, it's time to read up!

Great book. A fair academic view on the gun control/2nd ammend debate. Conclusions are spot on - Gun Laws, either for more or less control, are ineffective at best. Our time would be better spent focusing on the causes of violence in our country, instead of the effect.

This is an excellent work that will challenge your thinking no matter what position you take.


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