MTSU Constitutional law expert offers insights on Second Amendment, gun control debate (video)

Provides context for Obama town hall on guns in America

Article ID: 645737

Released: 7-Jan-2016 4:05 PM EST

Source Newsroom: Middle Tennessee State University

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MTSU Constitutional law expert offers insights on Second Amendment, gun control debate

Constitutional law expert Dr. John Vile is a professor of political science and dean of the University Honors College at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

He is the author and co-editor of numerous books, including “Encyclopedia of Constitutional Amendments, Proposed Amendments, and Amending Issues, 1789-1995,” “The Constitutional Convention of 1787,” “Great American Lawyers,” Great American Judges,” and “Essential Supreme Court Decisions.”

In light of President Barack Obama’s scheduled “Guns in America” town hall meeting to be aired Thursday night (Jan. 7) on CNN, Vile offers for media broadcast use his extensive insights on the history of the Second Amendment and the cultural and political dynamics surrounding the latest debate sweeping the country.

In addressing the strong emotions surrounding the right to bear arms, Vile notes:

“It’s a right that has an emotional resonance with people, as well as an intellectual appeal to those of us of who know about republican government — small ‘r’ — where citizens would rally to the defense of their nation by, you know, the Minutemen,” Vile says. “We have that sort of Minutemen imagery there, now juxtaposed by someone incited by ISIS rhetoric an ocean away.”

Vile also discusses topics such as: the likely resistance to President Obama’s latest executive actions; how the Supremacy Clause impacts resistance from individual states; fears about gun confiscation; and the impact Obama’s latest actions could have on the ongoing presidential primaries.

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