Adam Winkler, a professor at UCLA School of Law specializing in constitutional law, is the author of Gunfight: The Battle over the Right to Bear Arms in America and the forthcoming We the Corporations: How American Businesses Won Their Civil Rights. (October 2017)

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Disarming the NRA

Carl Fredrik Reutersward: The Knotted Gun, photographed in New York City, 2013

The Second Amendment does not stand in the way of better gun laws; the NRA does. The NRA can still count on an influential bloc of intense single-issue, anti-gun-control voters to sway members of Congress, and on the Trump White House to appoint justices committed to the expansion of gun rights. Yet just as electoral politics, rather than the words of the Second Amendment, is the source of the NRA’s power, the democratic process is how the NRA can be defeated. Change is possible. But it won’t come from gutting the Second Amendment. It will come from the same type of political mobilization that gave us the modern NRA.