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The Mythic Meanings of the Second AmendmentTaming Political Violence in a Constitutional Republic$
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David C. Williams

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780300095623

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300095623.001.0001

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Outgroups and the Second Amendment

Outgroups and the Second Amendment

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(p.220) 7 Outgroups and the Second Amendment
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The Mythic Meanings of the Second Amendment
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David C. Williams

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Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300095623.003.0008

This chapter explains that cultural outgroups, those who fall outside the traditionally restrictive visions of the American people, offer more cautions to modern theorists of the Second Amendment, and fear that the amendment narrowly defines the people. As a result, outgroups support the warning against exclusivist populist theories. However, these groups have also the most to gain from a broadly inclusive populist theory, because in the long run the only solution to violence against outgroups is popular unity on the appropriate use of force. The condition of outgroups gives the most compelling reason not to concede the hope for peoplehood expansively defined, as this will be an essential component in the relevancy of the Second Amendment in the new century.

Keywords:   outgroups, peoplehood, Second Amendment, exclusivist populist theories, American people

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