Second Amendment Debated During WMU-Cooley Constitution Day Event

On September 17, WMU-Cooley Law School’s Lansing campus held its annual Constitution Day discussion. This years topic explored a person’s right to self-defense under the Second and Fourteenth Amendments and featured views by Adjunct Professor Steve Dulan and Associate Dean Mike McDaniel.

mike mcdaniel speaking

During the discussion, Dulan and McDaniel offered their views on the right to bear arms. The two looked at the Supreme Court’s decision in Heller v. District of Columbia and McDonald v. City of Chicago and analyzed current events, contextually, to explore potential outcomes based on Heller. 

Pictured: Associate Dean Michael McDaniel (speaking) and Adjunct Professor Steve Dulan.

“In the decade since the Heller decision, which recognized an individual right to self-defense, there has been a great deal of discussion about the scope and application of that right,” said McDaniel.

While analyzing the second amendment, Dulan quoted Justice Thomas M. Cooley, ““The meaning of the provision undoubtedly is, that the people, from whom the militia must be taken, shall have the right to keep and bear arms; and they need no permission or regulation of law for the purpose.”

“Like gravity, the Second Amendment isn’t just the law, it’s also a good idea,” said Dulan.

Sep 20 2019

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