"The Founders' View of the Right to Bear Arms"
Just received a copy of David E. Young's new book by that title. I've only had time to skim, but it is GREAT!!!! And just in time for Parker.
260+ pages, but it compresses data very nicely -- he's a clear and concise writer. It goes into more detail than any other book I can recollect. It discusses, for instance, British anti-arms measures leading up to 1775 (banning of gunpower imports to the colonies, seizures of colonial powder supplies, attempted militia arsenal raids -- Concord/Lexington wasn't the first). He turns up records that have long gathered dust -- how PA, due to its Quaker population, had a voluntary militia system, how VA created the same to evade royal control (and they used "well-regulated militia" in the document, showing that well-regulated did not mean government controlled). How PA issued some arms to its militia, and decided to call them in for cleaning in 1787, and that was sufficient to create a controversy in the newspapers.
Not to mention... the state ratifications, which lay out the Second Amendment with zero, one, two, and three commas...