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Recommend a good book to me....

Discussion in 'Legal' started by FTF, Oct 11, 2006.

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  1. FTF

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    I'm within 5 weeks of finally getting my BS after 7 years now lol. So, I'm going to have an extra... say... 10 hours a week to reallocate to other things. 4 hours of shooting, 1 hour of THR, 1 hour of writing to any group who will listen and... 5 hours are left (4 lol, math is my last hurdle).

    I read the thread about the constitution and yes, I have read it, but I'm no expert. Of course, I'm all about shooting and marksmanship, but I'm not ready to start with the 2a propaganda, or become even more paranoid with the US vs THEM mentality.

    What I would like to start reading is a book that addresses how we are losing/have lost our fundamental rights as laid out in the Bill of Rights. I saw a page online, probably linked from here, where it listed all the court decisions and how they impacted our rights... where we lost 40% of our 2a rights because of Emerson or whomever, or 80% of our 1st amendment rights because of rulings on this or that. I think that is what piqued my curiousity. Nothing to extreme or one-sided.. just a good, honest discussion of the rights we had 250 years ago, vice those we have now....

    Any suggestions? I know it's a tough question, but the political section at Barnes&Noble is way too big and too expensive for me to pick and choose via cover art.

    TIA
     
  2. 22-rimfire

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    Unintended Consequences by John Ross. You may have to order it and it is only available hardback.
     
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    Unintended Consequences is an excellent read. Check Amazon.com for deals.
     
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    Ayn Rand: We the Living.
     
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    Two books that are good/light reads by Judge Andrew Napolitano are Constitution in Exile, and Constitutional Chaos

    The Judge you may have seen on Fox news.

    Men In Black by Mark L. Levin
     
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    I would third the recommendation for Mr. Halbrook. However, I would read all of his works--That Every Man Be Armed, A Right to Arms, Target Switzerland.

    (The last does not fit your description but you will learn a lot).:)
     
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    Jewish Resistance in Nazi Occupied Eastern Europe, if you can find it. It's not a what-if fiction based on what one person thinks might happen, this is it, the real stuff. How people fought in a real SHTF situation, and all the political back stabbing and non-sense that practically destroyed them.

    How anyone could read this book and not come to the conclusion that individuals have the right to bear arms is beyond me.

    Not quite what you are asking for, but it is a prime real example of what happens when people lose their rights. Written by some academic history type, the first few chapters where he goes over the history up to WWII are a bit dry, but the rest is incredible.

    One of his conclusions: more Jews didn't fight back simply because they didn't have weapons.
     
  11. Ben Shepherd

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    Read "A Nation of Cowards" by Jeff Snyder.

    An EXCELLENT collection of essays on a variety of subjects related to personal responsibilities vs. socialism.
     
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    Ordinary Men by Christopher Browning for insight into how agents of a statist society will do the bidding of their masters, regardless of protestations to the contrary.
     
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    From Freedom to Slavery: The Rebirth of Tyranny in America, by Gerry Spence.

    Go Directly to Jail: The Criminalization of Almost Everything, by Gene Healy

    You should also read The Federalist and The Anti-Federalist

    Court decisions worth reading:
    Wickard v. Filburn, 317 U.S. 111 (1942)
    United States v. Lopez, 514 U.S. 549 (1995)
    Gonzales v. Raich (previously Ashcroft v. Raich), 545 U.S. 1 (2005)
    Kelo v. City of New London, 545 U.S. 469 (2005)
    McCulloch v. Maryland, 17 U.S. 316 (1819)

    Links are to Wikipedia summaries; I highly recommend reading the Court's opinions (including concurring and/or dissenting opinions, where available). McCulloch and Wickard are big-time cases in extending Federal power (particularly McCulloch).

    You should also look up the trial of John Peter Zenger, and John Jay's comments in Georgia vs. Brailsford, 1794:4.
     
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    We the States:An Anthology of Historic Documents and Commentaries thereon, Expounding the State and Federal Relationship by Virginia Commission on Constitutional Government

    The Bill of Rights: Original Meaning and Current Understanding by Eugene W. Hickok
     
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    See if there is a trade-paperback version of "Under The Gun" by Wright, Rossi & Daly. U. of Fla. Press, 1985. It's a survey of Florida's gun-control laws, interviews with violent prisoners at Raiford, and many other analyses of crime statistics and medical data about firearms effects. the authors have written other, similar books. Their conclusions are verified by the work of Prof. Gary Kleck of FSU and Prof. John Lott of the U. of Chicago ("More Guns, Less Crime").

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    Hunting For Handgunners by Larry Kelly and J.D. Jones.

    Oops, sorry wrong thread :).

    Just my .02,
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  19. Eleven Mike

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    How about starting with something middle-of-the-road or left-wing, just to understand what the dominant point of view is? That way you have a wider perspective, rather than just knowing the right-leaning or libertarian point of view. I'm a far-right extremist, myself, :) but reading only one point of view can lead to brain-washing oneself.

    Before that, you should actually start with something that puts the Constitution and the Second Amendment in historical perspective.

    I wish I could recommend books, but I am still hoping to do the above myself.
     
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    UC - John Ross

    Probability Broach - L. Neil Smith

    Black Arrow - Vin Suprynowicz

    Enemies: Foreign and Domestic - Matt Bracken

    V for Vendetta and the Watchmen - graphic novels. Alan Moore

    Armed Response - Massad F. Ayoob

    Hope - Aaron Zelman and L. Neil Smith

    Zombie Survival Guide - Max Brooks

    Good to be King - Michael Badnarik
     
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    ANIMAL FARM -George Orwell :)
     
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    I think you would have to include "The Second Amendment Primer", by Les Adams, Paladium Press pub..
    It's researches the history of the right to keep and bear arms from ancient times, Greece, early England, to now.
    It is short and sweet and to the point.
     
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    FTF? I hope you can find what you are looking for, and if you do please share it here with us. There are some that claim there are 20,000 various gun laws on the books in this country, and it would be very interesting to see how and why they started.

    I am one of the wild eyed radicals here that thinks it should be as easy to keep and bear arms, as it is to keep and bear books. No matter how many pages, no matter if it will fit in or is carried in a pocket, No matter what it is printed on. No matter if you slapped your wife, or smashed some mailboxes when you were young. (AND before anyone asks, I do think if a felon is released from prison, he has the right, too.)

    I have read Unintended Consequences, and it is a great, and interesting book, with some historical detail in it, but it is not a legal research tool. I do suggest it for recreational reading.

    I think any tenth grader should be able to read the 27 words of the second amendment, and understand that ANY restriction is "regugnant to the constitution".

    Do you see anything that is vague, or confusing about this line?
     
  25. Eleven Mike

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    When you get to the eleventh grade, you might understand better.
     
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