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Citizen Soldiers

Abigail A. Kohn

in Shooters

Published in print June 2004 | ISBN: 9780195150513
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199944095 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195150513.003.0014
Citizen Soldiers

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This chapter examines the history of gun ownership and gun control in the U.S. It explains that in colonial America and during the early republican period, citizens were required by the colonial governments to arm themselves and form citizen militias. The arming of citizens in turn gave birth to a new and strongly held vision of civic responsibility and the colonial governments recognized that guns in the wrong hands could present dangers to the larger imperialist project. Thus, the government started to regulate existing gun ownership and use. The colonial governments also used laws relating to guns to help structure and maintain and patriarchal social structures.

Keywords: gun ownership; gun control; U.S.; colonial America; citizen militias; civic responsibility; colonial governments; social structures

Chapter.  11355 words. 

Subjects: Sociology

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