Paradigms Lost: The Current Crisis in Second Amendment Scholarship

Saul Cornell, The Ohio State University

Two paradigms have dominated scholarly writing about the Second Amendment: individual rights and collective or states' rights. Scholarship is now experiencing a classic paradigm crisis. Prevailing frameworks can no longer account for the complexity of the historical evidence. After surveying the current state of the debate this paper will suggest new directions for scholarly discussions of the Second Amendment.

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