Politics of Gun Control

Politics of Gun Control

by Robert J. Spitzer
     
 

The authoritative standard for anyone seeking fair-minded analysis of the American gun debate, the third education of The Politics of Gun Control homes in on three key culture shocks that have shaped the politics of gun control in America today: the shootings at Columbine High School, the partisan gun-control positions staked out before and after the 2000 election,…  See more details below

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The authoritative standard for anyone seeking fair-minded analysis of the American gun debate, the third education of The Politics of Gun Control homes in on three key culture shocks that have shaped the politics of gun control in America today: the shootings at Columbine High School, the partisan gun-control positions staked out before and after the 2000 election, and the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. Written with insight and showcasing the wide-ranging debate, this edition also examines such important issues as the proliferation of concealed-carry laws, liability lawsuits filed against gun manufacturers, the NRA's political contributions to Republicans, and the controversy surrounding the assault weapons ban, bringing this popular and well-respected book right up to date.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Although someone is murdered in the U.S. every 21 minutes, and in more than 50% of the cases by handguns, Americans cling to the gun culture with a tenacity that transcends all reason. Clearly, primordial meanings are at work here, a symbolism as profound as it is irrational. Spitzer discusses the various dimensions of the controversy with a rare balance and maturity. The author first analyzes the Second Amendment, drawing out its legal interpretations (an ``armed militia'' is not quite the same as drug dealers with AK-47s). He then examines the consequences of guns to the nation, from injury to accidents, homicide to suicide; the political battle between the NRA and Handgun Control Inc.; and the history of policy making, culminating in the assault weapons ban and the Brady bill. Spitzer ends the book by suggesting a new public policy based on an international model, one that includes nonproliferation of new weapons and arms control for those that already exist, but whether this form of regulation would work is a moot point. It is not so much the hunting ethos that keeps guns in 70 million American homes but the cultural mythology that champions self-reliance and a frontier ethic. (Apr.)
Booknews
Explains gun control issues, analyzing the meaning, intent, and interpretation of the Second Amendment and reviewing the contending claims of forces on both sides of the debate. Recounts histories and missions of major organizations, and looks into the roles played by political parties, Congress, and the federal bureaucracy. This second edition incorporates recent issues such as schoolyard shootings and militia groups. For scholars, students, and journalists. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781566430227
Publisher:
Seven Bridges Press, LLC
Publication date:
03/01/1995
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
6.23(w) x 9.33(h) x 0.91(d)

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