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Cornell, Saul. "It Is Unproven That the Founding Fathers Intended to Protect the Individual's Right to Bear Arms." Is Gun Ownership a Right? Ed. Kelly Doyle. San Diego: Greenhaven Press, 2005. At Issue. Rpt. from "The Second Amendment Under Fire: The Uses of History and the Politics of Gun Control." 2001. Opposing Viewpoints in Context. Web. 25 Feb. 2014. In this article, Saul Cornell associate professor in the Department of History at Ohio State University, claims that the Second Amendment was originally understood to protect an individual’s right to gun ownership remains historically unproven and politically contested. Saul develops his thesis by introducing the reader to two different interpretations of the second amendment; one interpretation is that in order to be legal, a gun law must be narrowly tailored and it must be designed to accomplish a compelling state interest to avoid running afoul of the Second Amendment. The collective rights interpretation argues that the Bill of Rights provides no protection for an individual’s right to own guns. Sual proposed this article in order to inform the reader on how little people understood the individual or collective nature of the right to keep and bear arms.

Henigan, Dennis A. "The NRA's Link to the Militia Movement Is Dangerous." Militias. Ed. Noah Berlatsky. Detroit: Greenhaven Press, 2012. Opposing Viewpoints. Rpt. from "Right Wing Militias and the NRA: Second Amendment Soulmates." Huffington Post. 2010. Opposing Viewpoints in Context. Web. 25 Feb. 2014. Dennis Henigan’s document suggests that the Second Amendment right to bear arms is the ultimate break on government power, allowing citizens to defend themselves from the government through violence. Henigan develops her thesis by citing many case studies on individuals that claim that every person has a right to bear arm because of homegrown political violence in America. But also, opposing to what some...
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