The Politics of Gun Control, 5th Edition / Edition 5

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In a time when each new accidental death, school shooting, or political assassination draws unprecedented and polemical media attention, Robert J. Spitzer, a member of both the NRA and the Brady Center, steers clear of divisive rhetoric to present the contentious issue of gun control in the United States. Although the topic is controversial, Spitzer’s even-handed analysis makes this a perfect example of policy studies in the United States.

New to the Fifth Edition:

Features a new, in-depth section on the movement to allow gun carrying on college campuses.
• Covers recent public shootings including that of Gabrielle Giffords in Arizona.
• Includes such recent court rulings as D.C. v. Heller, McDonald v. Chicago, and others.
• Offers new data on gun ownership, gun deaths, school shootings, and public opinion on gun control.
• Looks at NRA politics in recent elections.
• Examines ATF role changes in light of increased border patrols and heightened Mexican drug violence.
• Explores phenomena related to social media including gun “meet-ups.”

Hear more from Robert Spitzer:

"Five Myths About Gun Control" Washington Post December 21, 2012

"The President's Need for Speed" January 17, 2013

"Government Can Improve Gun Records" The Hill January 14, 2013

"Righting the Gun Debate" LA Review of Books February 10, 2013

Listen to Bob Spitzer talk about gun control on "The Diane Rehm Show".

Bob Spitzer discusses President Obama's Call For Action on Guns "On Point with Tom Ashbrook".

Professor Spitzer chats with Terry Gross on "Fresh Air".

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781594519871
  • Publisher: Paradigm Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/28/2011
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 264
  • Sales rank: 1,011,733
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert J. Spitzer is Distinguished Service Professor of Political Science at SUNY-Cortland.

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Table of Contents

Preface ix

Introduction xi

I Policy Definition and Gun Control 1

Regulation, Public Order, and Public Policy 2

Guns and Regulation 3

The Gun Controversy 6

The Gun Culture 7

Policy Gridlock 14

Social Regulatory Policy Analysis 16

2 The Second Amendment: Meaning, Intent, Interpretation, and Consequences 19

Historic Roots 21

The Constitution 24

The Bill of Rights 27

The Militia Transformed 29

Supreme Court Rulings 32

Other Court Rulings 38

Bad History Makes Bad Law 39

Conclusion 44

3 The Criminological Consequences of Guns 47

America and Violence 50

Choice of Weapons 54

Homicide and Malicious Injury 56

Suicide 57

Accidents 61

Self-Defense 62

Guns and School Violence 76

Gun Carrying on College Campuses? 80

Extending the "Castle Doctrine" to America's Streets 82

Conclusion 83

4 Political Fury: Gun Politics 87

Single-Issue Gun Groups: The Nra 89

Explaining the Nra's Effectiveness 100

The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence 111

The Million Mom March 112

The Gun Control Movement's Strategic Blunders 114

The Political Balance and the Invincibility Myth 115

Public Opinion 118

Political Parties and Guns 123

Conclusion 127

5 Institutions, Policymaking, and Guns 129

Early Legislative Efforts 130

The Gun Control Act of 1968 132

The Firearms Owners Protection Act of 1986 137

The Tide Turns: The Assault Weapons Ban 141

The Brady Bill 147

The Post-Columbine Reaction 154

Lawsuit Protection for Gun Manufacturers 156

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives 159

Conclusion: Furious Politics, Marginal Policy 166

6 Gun Policy: A New Framework 171

Federalism: The Great Regulation Dilemma 172

Gun Policy Alternatives 174

The Barriers to Gun Control 176

The Security Dilemma 178

The Security Dilemma and the Gun Debate 180

Nonproliferation and Arms Control 186

Notes 191

Index 237

About the Author 247

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