The importance attached to the right to bear arms and the impact of the Second Amendment continue to reverberate, as they have since its adoption in 1791. What is the background of the term 'well-regulated militia'? What was the origin of 'the right to bear arms'? How is it that the United States has an attitude to civilian-owned guns that is so markedly different from all other democratic, industrialized countries? This talk will trace the history of the right to bear arms from inception to the present day.
This lecture is sponsored by The Keelan Family Foundation.
Note: This is not a talk on gun control. Green Mountain Academy does not take a position for or against gun control.
Derek Boothby served in the United Nations for over 20 years, during which time he specialized in arms control issues. He was deputy director of operations for weapons inspections in Iraq immediately after the first Gulf War, served on the personal staff of Cyrus Vance in his efforts to stop the war in Bosnia, and was second in command of a 7,000-strong peace operation in Croatia. In addition, he was director of the Europe Division in the Department of Political Affairs, and chairman of the UN Iraq Operational Group.