Gun Crusaders: The NRA's Culture War

Gun Crusaders: The NRA's Culture War

by Scott Melzer
Gun Crusaders: The NRA's Culture War

Gun Crusaders: The NRA's Culture War

by Scott Melzer


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Gun Crusaders is a fascinating inside look at how the four-million member National Rifle Association and its committed members come to see each and every gun control threat as a step down the path towards gun confiscation, and eventually socialism. Enlivened by a rich analysis of NRA materials, meetings, leader speeches, and unique in-depth interviews with NRA members, Gun Crusaders focuses on how the NRA constructs and perceives threats to gun rights as one more attack in a broad liberal cultural war. Scott Melzer shows that the NRA promotes a nostalgic vision of frontier masculinity, whereby gun rights defenders are seen as patriots and freedom fighters, defending not the freedom of religion, but the religion of individual rights and freedoms.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780814764503
Publisher: New York University Press
Publication date: 09/17/2012
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 708,040
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Scott Melzer is Associate Professor of Sociology and Chair of the Department of Anthropology & Sociology at Albion College.

Table of Contents

Part I Defending Guns, Defending Masculinity
1 Frontier Masculinity, America’s “Gun Culture,” and the NRA
2 Why a Gun Movement?
Part II Talking Guns, Talking Culture War
3 Framing Threats to Gun Rights
4 Under Attack
5 Fighting the Culture Wars
Part III Committing to the NRA, Committing to the Right
6 The Politics of Commitment
7 Right and Far-Right Moral Politics
8 The Ties That Bind
Epilogue: Tomorrow’s NRA
Appendix: Studying the NRA
About the Author
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