Do Guns Make Us Free? A book release event with Firmin de Brabander
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Possibly the most emotionally charged debate taking place in the United States today centers on the Second Amendment to the Constitution and the rights of citizens to bear arms. In the wake of the Sandy Hook school massacre in Connecticut, the gun rights movement, headed by the National Rifle Association, appears more intractable than ever in its fight against gun control laws. The core argument of Second Amendment advocates is that the proliferation of firearms is essential to maintaining freedom in America, providing private citizens with a defense against possible government tyranny, and thus safeguarding all our other rights. But is this argument valid? Do guns indeed make us free? We're thrilled to host a talk by author and MICA faculty member Firmin de Brabander, whose new book, Do Guns Make Us Free? Democracy and the Armed Society is out this month from Yale University Press. Talk begins at 7:30, but please join us at 6:30PM for a reception to celebrate the book's release.