Professor Rossum was quoted in a piece Voice of America News entitled, "Who Should Own Guns in America?" You can probably guess where I come down on the subject. It's more in line with this man than this man.
They call him "Rossu" at one point, but then get it right in a second quotation.
Here's the graff about why we need an individual right to bear arms:
"Then you tie in another dominant theme. From the very beginning in the United States, there was an enormous fear of what were called 'standing armies'," says Ralph Rossu, who teaches political philosophy and the American Constitution at Claremont McKenna College in California.
"The Framing generation [i.e., America's Founding Fathers] was enormously suspicious of governmental power and wanted an armed militia. They worried about standing armies. Standing armies were often sources of corruption. And there was the fear that a standing army could be mobilized against the liberties of the people," says Rossum.
Rossum is teaching a class this semester on the Second Amendment and Originalism. I am enrolled in the class, which meets every Wednesday and it is endlessly fascinating.