A Well Regulated Militia, By Saul Cornell Essay

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Victor Ikhuehi
Dr. Megan McGregor
History 1301, 2pm
Gun control in America
Saul Cornell’s book, “A Well-Regulated Militia,” examines several notions regarding the right of Americans to bear arms as prevalent in several historical moments. The author’s study looks into the static conception that was dominant in several public discussions for the constitutional provision applicable to gun control. He traces some of the element that pose as competitive influences on the rights of individuals states and the role that arms played in the united states’ society. However, he overlooks the republican pairing of the duties as well as the rights of gun owner-ship in the late 18th century America. It would be essential to view the American history in terms of bearing arms from the sphere of civic participation rather than the rights view.
An explanation of the idea of gun ownership as a civic obligation
Cornell tries to consider the idea of the civic meaning applicable to bearing arms as an obligation and a right. Cornell is for the idea that the American culture characteristically portrays a decline in civic participation, to which he suggests that it would be essential to transform this culture. He indicates that the dominating model that emanated from the initial constitutional wave was the conception of a collective right to bear arms as essential for the participation in organized militia (Cornell 41). It is presumably the goal of the endeavor to transform…

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