The Second Amendment was written to calm public fear that the new national government would crush the state militias made up of all (white) adult men—who were required to own a gun to serve.
In The Second Amendment: A Biography, Michael Waldman recounts the raucous public debate that has surrounded the amendment from its inception to the present.
Waldman is the president of the prestigious Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law.
A coalition of gun rights advocates and others are forming a new political movement, to get what they say are disaffected and disenfranchised New Yorkers to vote.
A community discussion in the Berkshires Thursday focused on gun violence revealed a range of opinions that mirrors the debate at the national level.
The gun violence forum, hosted by the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, brought together members of the public on both sides of the gun control debate, and three guest speakers.