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June 9, 2014

Author Michael Waldman to Discuss Second Amendment

At a time of pressing debate about guns in America, the Second Amendment’s right to bear arms ranks as one of the most discussed provisions of the Bill of Rights. Various interpretations of the Second Amendment often lead to very different answers to questions such as: "What did the framers of the Constitution intend?"; "Is the right to own a gun fundamental?"; "What have been the historical interpretations and applications by the Supreme Court?"; and "What does the Second Amendment really mean?"

Author Michael Waldman tackles this constitutional issue and chronicles the history of the Second Amendment in his new book, "The Second Amendment: A Biography" (Simon and Schuster, 2014). Waldman will discuss and sign his book, which he researched at the Library of Congress, on Tuesday, June 24, at noon in the Mumford Room, located on the sixth floor of the James Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave. S.E., Washington, D.C. This Books & Beyond event, sponsored by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, is free and open to the public; no tickets are required.

Waldman examines history and the roots of the amendment. The book takes a look at the evolution of the debate over time, the issue of violence, the debate over gun control and the rising influence of such groups as the National Rifle Association and others advocating for an individual right to gun ownership.

Since 2005, Waldman has served as president of the Brennan Center for Justice at the New York University School of Law, a nonpartisan law and policy institute that emphasizes the improvement of the fundamental systems of justice and democracy. He previously served as the director of speechwriting for President Bill Clinton from 1995 to 1999, drafting or editing important speeches, including four State of the Union speeches and two inaugural addresses. Throughout his extensive career in law, policy and government service, Waldman has written several books, including "Who Robbed America? A Citizens’ Guide to the S&L Scandal," "POTUS Speaks," "A Return to Common Sense" and "My Fellow Americans: The Most Important Speeches of America’s Presidents from George Washington to Barack Obama."

Founded in 1800, the Library of Congress is the nation’s oldest federal cultural institution and the largest library in the world. The Library seeks to spark imagination and creativity and to further human understanding and wisdom by providing access to knowledge through its magnificent collections, programs, publications and exhibitions. Many of the Library’s rich resources can be accessed through its website at www.loc.gov.

The Library’s Center for the Book, established by Congress in 1977 to "stimulate public interest in books and reading," is a national force for reading and literacy promotion. A public-private partnership, it sponsors educational programs that reach readers of all ages through its affiliated state centers, collaborations with nonprofit reading-promotion partners and through the Young Readers Center and the Poetry and Literature Center at the Library of Congress. For more information, visit www.Read.gov.

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PR 14-102
06/09/14
ISSN 0731-3527

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