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Do Guns Make Us Free?: Democracy and the Armed Society

DeBrabander, Firmin

Published by Yale University Press
ISBN 10: 0300208936 / ISBN 13: 9780300208931
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Title: Do Guns Make Us Free?: Democracy and the ...

Publisher: Yale University Press

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An essential examination of the political and philosophical arguments of the contemporary gun rights movement in the United States Num Pages: 296 pages. BIC Classification: 1KBB; JPVH1; LNDC. Category: (G) General (US: Trade). Dimension: 147 x 215 x 27. Weight in Grams: 454. . 2015. Hardcover. . . . . Books ship from the US and Ireland. Bookseller Inventory # V9780300208931

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Synopsis: Possibly the most emotionally charged debate taking place in the United States today centers on the Second Amendment of the Constitution and the rights of citizens to bear arms. In the wake of the Sandy Hook school massacre in Connecticut, the gun rights movement headed by the National Rifle Association appears more intractable than ever in its fight against gun control laws. The core argument of Second Amendment advocates is that the proliferation of firearms is essential to maintaining freedom in America, providing private citizens with a defense against possible government tyranny, and safeguarding all our other rights. But is this argument valid? Do guns indeed make us free?
Firmin DeBrabrander examines claims offered in favor of unchecked gun ownership in this insightful and eye-opening analysis, the first philosophical examination of every aspect of a contentious, uniquely American debate. By exposing the contradictions and misinterpretations prevalent in the case presented by gun rights supporters, this provocative volume concludes that an armed society is not a free society but one that ultimately discourages and, in fact, actively hinders democratic participation.  

About the Author: Firmin DeBrabander, an associate professor of philosophy at Maryland Institute College of Art, has written social and political commentary for numerous publications, including the Baltimore Sun, Counterpunch, and the New York Times. He lives in Baltimore, MD.  

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