Disarmed: The Missing Movement for Gun Control in America

Disarmed: The Missing Movement for Gun Control in America

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by Kristin A. Goss
     
 

ISBN-10: 069113832X

ISBN-13: 9780691138329

Pub. Date: 11/17/2008

Publisher: Princeton University Press

More than any other advanced industrial democracy, the United States is besieged by firearms violence. Each year, some 30,000 people die by gunfire. Over the course of its history, the nation has witnessed the murders of beloved public figures; massacres in workplaces and schools; and epidemics of gun violence that terrorize neighborhoods and claim tens of

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More than any other advanced industrial democracy, the United States is besieged by firearms violence. Each year, some 30,000 people die by gunfire. Over the course of its history, the nation has witnessed the murders of beloved public figures; massacres in workplaces and schools; and epidemics of gun violence that terrorize neighborhoods and claim tens of thousands of lives. Commanding majorities of Americans voice support for stricter controls on firearms. Yet they have never mounted a true national movement for gun control. Why? Disarmed unravels this paradox.

Based on historical archives, interviews, and original survey evidence, Kristin Goss suggests that the gun control campaign has been stymied by a combination of factors, including the inability to secure patronage resources, the difficulties in articulating a message that would resonate with supporters, and strategic decisions made in the name of effective policy. The power of the so-called gun lobby has played an important role in hobbling the gun-control campaign, but that is not the entire story. Instead of pursuing a strategy of incremental change on the local and state levels, gun control advocates have sought national policies. Some 40% of state gun control laws predate the 1970s, and the gun lobby has systematically weakened even these longstanding restrictions.

A compelling and engagingly written look at one of America's most divisive political issues, Disarmed illuminates the organizational, historical, and policy-related factors that constrain mass mobilization, and brings into sharp relief the agonizing dilemmas faced by advocates of gun control and other issues in the United States.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691138329
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
11/17/2008
Series:
Princeton Studies in American Politics: Historical, International, and Comparative Perspectives Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
522,217
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents


List of Figures ix

List of Tables xi

Acknowledgments xiii

CHAPTER ONE: The Gun Control (Participation) Paradox 1

CHAPTER TWO: A Movement in Theory 31

CHAPTER THREE: Socializing Costs: Patronage and Political Participation 73

CHAPTER FOUR: Personalizing Benefits: Issue Frames and Political Participation 105

CHAPTER FIVE: Changing the Calculation: Policy Incrementalism and Political Participation 145

CHAPTER SIX: Mobilizing around Modest Measures: Three Cases 176

CHAPTER SEVEN: Conclusion: Politics, Participation, and Public Goods 190

Appendix A: Gun-Related Trends 201

Appendix B: Brief Case Studies of Other Social-Reform Movements 204

Appendix C: Survey of Million Mom March Participants 208

Notes 215

References 249

Index 271

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Disarmed: The Missing Movement for Gun Control in America 1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
guitaoist3 More than 1 year ago
tell us more how being a victim is morally superior to protecting your family from thugs or the country from a tyrannical government..