Chicago's Best Ideas: Cass Sunstein on the 2nd Amendment

Date: 
Tuesday, October 23, 2007 (All day)

The Chicago's Best Ideas Series presents:
Cass Sunstein, Karl N. Llewellyn Dist. Service Prof. of Jurisprudence on
"The Second Amendment: The Constitution's Most Mysterious Right"
Location: Room II
Time: 12:15 pm

What does the Second Amendment mean? The Supreme Court has not told us, and the history seems shrouded in mist. Professor Sunstein will argue that as a matter of history, the Second Amendment probably does not create an individual right, because it was designed to protect state militias. Modern readers have immense difficulty in recovering the original meaning, because our circumstances are radically different from those of the founding. He will also argue, however, that the Court should not reject an individual right, in part because the nation is so polarized. The discussion will have many implications for constitutional interpretation and the role of the Court in political life.