Essays on the evolving right to bear arms
Carlson, Benjamin Bruce
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This dissertation examines the evolution of the right to bear arms in four qualitative essays highlighting major political, legal, historical, and cultural developments not only in the U.S. but secondarily in Canada and Switzerland. The periods addressed range from the late 1200’s, through the early American colonial days, the English settlement of Canada after the Revolutionary War, the American Civil War, the American civil rights era, and up to and including relatively recent rulings by the U.S. Supreme Court and the lower federal courts. The choice to investigate this topic in four essays stems from the need to identify and probe key components of the study of gun ownership without losing oneself in the gun debate encircling our country today.