The Last Gun: Changes in the Gun Industry Are Killing Americans and What It Will Take to Stop Itby Tom Diaz
Newtown, Connecticut. Aurora, Colorado. Both have entered our collective memory as sites of unimaginable heartbreak and mass slaughter perpetrated by lone gunmen. Meanwhile, cities such as Chicago and Washington, D.C., are dealing with the painful, everyday reality of record rates of gun-related deaths. By any account, gun violence in the United States has reached
Newtown, Connecticut. Aurora, Colorado. Both have entered our collective memory as sites of unimaginable heartbreak and mass slaughter perpetrated by lone gunmen. Meanwhile, cities such as Chicago and Washington, D.C., are dealing with the painful, everyday reality of record rates of gun-related deaths. By any account, gun violence in the United States has reached epidemic proportions.
A widely respected activist and policy analyst—as well as a former gun enthusiast and an ex-member of the National Rifle Association—Tom Diaz presents a chilling, up-to-date survey of the changed landscape of gun manufacturing and marketing. The Last Gun explores how the gun industry and the nature of gun violence have changed, including the disturbing rise in military-grade gun models. But Diaz also argues that the once formidable gun lobby has become a "paper tiger," marshaling a range of evidence and case studies to make the case that now is the time for a renewed political effort to attack gun violence at its source—the guns themselves.
In the aftermath of Newtown, a challenging national conversation lies ahead. The Last Gun is an indispensable guide to this debate, and essential reading for anyone who wants to understand how we can finally rid America’s streets, schools, and homes of gun violence and prevent future Newtowns.
"In his eminently readable style, mixing science and anecdote, Diaz shows how our leaders have created gun policies that are good for the gun industry but horrific for our nation. He also describes solutions worthy of the name. What a timely book!"
David Hemenway, Professor of Health Policy, Harvard School of Public Health
"Diaz once again reveals what the firearms-industrial complex doesn’t want the public to know, while refusing to spare politicians and the media for their complicity in the cover-up
This book should be required reading for policy makers at every level and for every American fed up with the massacre of 30,000 people a year."
Andrew Fois, Deputy Attorney General, Public Safety Division, Washington, D.C.
"Through a gripping narrative that combines plenty of factual data with compelling storytelling, Diaz makes the convincing case that the gun industry is knowingly trading American lives for profits
After the tragedy of Newtown, if you are going to read one book to understand the current political fight in Washington, this is it."
Joshua Horwitz, Executive Director, Coalition to Stop Gun Violence
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Meet the Author
Tom Diaz is a writer, lawyer, and public speaker on the gun industry and gun control issues. Formerly a senior policy analyst at the Violence Policy Center, he has been featured on MSNBC, on NPR, and in other national media. His books include Making a Killing: The Business of Guns in America (The New Press), and he is currently working on a book about his family and American immigration policy. He lives in Washington, D.C.
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