Program Details

The Second Amendment and the Gun Rights Debate in America

Burton Atkins
Movies / Politics

Course Description

In recent years, the Second Amendment and the issue of gun rights and gun control has taken center stage as gun violence and especially mass shootings have seemingly become more frequent and intense. This program will examine the constitutional, historical and policy aspects of this divisive issue; one which has deeply divided our country over whether the right to keep and bear arms is one of the fundamental constitutional liberties that Americans retain or, alternatively, whether the Second Amendment is a relic of the 18th century and, as such, should be restricted, if not abandoned.

About the Instructor

  • Burton Atkins, PhD, is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at Florida State University (FSU). Currently, he teaches political science at FAU and for Penn State University. In his 35-year career at FSU, Atkins taught a variety of courses on and wrote extensively about constitutional law and U.S. politics and served as chair of the political science department. He lived in London from 1992 to 1997 while serving as the Director of FSU's London Study Center, and from 1997 until his retirement in 2006, he served as Director of the FSU International Affairs Program.

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