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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" NYDailyNews.com 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".
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
3 The Criminological Consequences of Guns 47
America and Violence 50
Choice of Weapons 54
Homicide and Malicious Injury 56
Guns and School Violence 76
Gun Carrying on College Campuses? 80
Extending the "Castle Doctrine" to America's Streets 82
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
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
About the Author 247