Shooting Straight: Telling the Truth about Guns in America


Best-selling author LaPierre, the executive director of the National Rifle Association, explains why the right to bear arms is so critical to a democratic and free society. Radio & TV tour.

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Best-selling author LaPierre, the executive director of the National Rifle Association, explains why the right to bear arms is so critical to a democratic and free society. Radio & TV tour.

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LaPierre is the current CEO of the National Rifle Association of America (NRA); Baker is the former director of the NRA's Institute for Legislative Action. Through a critique of the tactics used by anti-gun advocates in the gun-control lobby, Congress, and the country's media, they argue in favor of the right to gun ownership in the U.S. Written for gun-owning Americans, this text may also be informative to readers who are against gun ownership. ^ Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780895261236
  • Publisher: Regnery Publishing
  • Publication date: 7/28/2002
  • Pages: 308
  • Product dimensions: 6.34 (w) x 9.16 (h) x 1.02 (d)

Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Piggybacking on Terror 1
Ch. 2 Your Handbook on Gun Issues 21
Ch. 3 Citizen Rights 59
Ch. 4 (Real) Homeland Defense 81
Ch. 5 Gun Safety 93
Ch. 6 Second Amendment Follies 105
Ch. 7 The Gun-Control Hive 121
Ch. 8 The Litigation Machine 131
Ch. 9 Hollywood and Guns 139
Ch. 10 Little Acorns and Bad Treaties 149
Ch. 11 Gun Control and "Silver Bullets" 161
Conclusion 173
Postscript 179
App Zell Miller's "Picket Line of Freedom" 183
Notes 191
Acknowledgments 203
Index 205
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Best-selling author Wayne LaPierre, the executive director of the National Rifle Association, explains why the right to bear arms is so critical to our democratic and free society. LaPierre champions the Second Amendment rights of all law-abiding American citizens and sharply criticizes gun-control laws as aiding and abetting in the acts of criminals. LaPierre exposes how the media consistently distort the facts about gun ownership in America, and how they refuse to report on the role that responsible gun ownership plays in protecting our families and our communities. Shooting Straight is a must-read for all gun-owners and lovers of freedom.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2002

    excellent book for gun owners

    This is another excellent book written by the author, having previously read his other book "Guns, Crime & Freedom". I believe the author is simply "demonstrating absurdity by being absurd" in his wish on enforcing the +20,000 gun laws in existence. It becomes obvious that whenever the media reports on another tragedy involving guns, the immediate reaction would be to enact more gun laws with disregard for the laws currently on the books. This book also contains an excellent chapter on the 2nd Ammendment. In light of the conflicting positions of both the 5th and 9th Circuit courts, this chapter is of special importance. My complaints for this book is there is a lack of coverage of both California and New Jersey's restrictive gun laws, and the NRA's apparent weakness in these two states. The NRA failed to stop California's ban on so-called "assault weapons" and again failed to stop the passage of New Jersey's "smart handgun" bill. All in all it is a fair and balanced view on gun ownership in America, a right that should be preserved in order to keep our country free.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 5, 2002

    On-target defense of gunowners' rights

    I'm not a member of the NRA or even a gunowner, but I have to praise this book highly. LaPierre and Baker do an outstanding job of defending the rights of gunowners in Shooting Straight. The authors address and rebut most of the common gun-control arguments. Their defense of the 2nd Amendment as being a personal right rather than a collective right was particularly convincing. Any fair-minded reader will be forced to concede that LaPierre and Baker have demolished a number of the myths of the gun control crowd. Even if you're a gun control proponent, I urge to read this book with an open mind. The NRA has been treated unfairly by the established media; I'm glad they decided to take their case to the public. However, I do have one strong disagreement with the authors. On page 52, they urge "the enforcement of the 20,000 gun control laws on the books." Wait a minute. The authors devoted the rest of the book to showing us gun control laws don't reduce crime. So why do we need to enforce thousands of laws that are ineffective as well as probably being unconstitutional? The authors don't explain this inconsistency. In my judgement, this weakness keeps the book from meriting a 5 star rating. Nevertheless, it is still an excellent book that I can proudly recommend.

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