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Posted May 18, 2009
Ideas, debate and votes nourish democracy, not bullets!
This book really blows apart the notion that private ownership of guns has any positive effect on maintaining "rights and freedoms" in a democratic society, in fact it shows the contrary. The book also contains some very detailed and well presented facts that counter the usual examples, used by the gun lobby, to support the idea that more guns keep people "free". It is clear from the book, that people need to make more of an effort to expand their concentration from the purely health and safety aspects of gun violence and start talking about the fallacious arguments that the gun lobby uses to link "unlimited and unregulated gun access" to "freedom" and even "patriotism"! This book contains some valuable quotes, references and ideas to spark the debate about which side of the gun rights/responsibilities argument really has claim to the "patriotic" high ground. Despite the heavy subject matter, the book is very readable and I found the arrangement of chapters took the ideas and built on them in layers to support the point. The olde English in the historic quotes and references is challenging (even for an olde Englishman), but they are very compelling proof of the original intent and mind set of our founding fathers and brothers.
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