Helms School of Government
Master of Arts in Public Policy (MAPP)
David Van Heemst
Second Amendment, James Madison, Alexander Hamilton, Firearms, Gun Control, Concealed Carry
American Politics | Political Science
Sentiger, Adrian Joseph, "The Effects of State-Level Firearm Restrictions on Homicide" (2021). Masters Theses. 711.
From Cain and Able with rocks in a field, to automatic weapons and nuclear warheads--man employs weaponry to safeguard not just individual freedom, but national security. As America was formed, principles from England were incorporated and improved upon. This resulted in a unique culmination of philosophy and political thought, which birthed the Second Amendment. Whether one is for or against the right to bear arms, there is much history and debate concerning this topic. Currently, the United States heavily considers Supreme Court cases, as well as results of policy, to shape firearm legislation. This thesis will build a historical context of the Second Amendment, discuss debates and court cases, and finally examine state-level firearm restrictions to assess their effectiveness.