Freedom and the Right to Keep and Bear Arms


The purpose of this conference was to investigate the once revered right of self-defense and civil resistance to tyranny that was a central value of the old Whig and ancient republican traditions.


Conference Readings

Browning, Andrew, eds. English Historical Documents, 1660-1714, Vol. 6, London: Routledge, 1995.

"English Bill of Rights 1689." Lillian Goldman Law Library. http://avalon.law.yale.edu/17th_century/england.asp (May 12, 2009).

Thorpe, Francis Newton, eds. The Federal and State Constitutions: Colonial Charters, and Other Organic Laws of the States, Territories, and Colonies Now or Heretofore Forming the United States of America, Volumes I-VII. Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1909.

Blackstone, William. Commentaries on the Laws of England. Edited by George Sharswood. Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott Co., 1893.http://oll.libertyfund.org/title/2140/198653 (accessed July 29, 2009).

De Lolme, Jean Louis. The Constitution of England; Or, An Account of the English Government. Edited by David Lieberman. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, 2007.

Kates, Don B. “Human Rights and Genocide: The Misguided International Public Health Effort to Disarm Civilian Populations.” The World Forum on the Future of Sport Shooting Activities, London, United Kingdom, May 2, 2003.

Malcolm, Joyce. Guns and Violence: The English Experience. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2004.

Malcolm, Joyce. To Keep and Bear Arms The Origins of an Anglo-American Right. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1994.

Monsieur le Comte de Mirabeau. "Comments of Monsieur de Mirabeau to National Assembly session of Tuesday, August 18, 1789." Gazette Nationale ou Le Moniteur Universal (August 1789): 1.

Rawle, William. A View of the Constitution of the United States of America. Philadelphia: Philip H. Nicklin, 1829.

Snyder, Jeffrey R. “A Nation of Cowards.” The Public Interest (Fall 1993): 40-55. http://www.nationalaffairs.com/doclib/20080709_19931134anationofcowardsjeffreyrsnyder.pdf (accessed January 14, 2010).

Volokh, Eugene. "State Constitutional Right to Keep and Bear Arms." Texas Review of Law & Politics 11, no. 1 (Fall 2006): 192-204. http://www.trolp.org/main_pgs/issues/v11n1/Volokh.pdf (accessed January 14, 2010).