A provocative history that reveals how gunsnot abortion, race, or religionare at the heart of America's cultural divide.Gunfight is a timely work examining America’s four-centuries-long political battle over gun control and the right to bear arms. In this definitive and provocative history, Adam Winkler reveals how gunsnot abortion, race, or religionare at the heart of America’s cultural divide. Using the landmark 2008 case District of Columbia v. Hellerwhich invalidated a law banning handguns in the nation’s capitalas a springboard, Winkler brilliantly weaves together the dramatic stories of gun-rights advocates and gun-control lobbyists, providing often unexpected insights into the venomous debate that now cleaves our nation.
|Publisher:||Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.00(d)|
About the Author
Adam Winkler is a professor at UCLA School of Law, where he specializes in American constitutional law. His scholarship has been cited by the Supreme Court of the United States and his writing has appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, New Republic, Atlantic, Slate, and Scotusblog.
Table of Contents
New Introduction ix
Chapter 1 Big Guns and Little Guns at the Supreme Court 3
Chapter 2 "Gun Grabbers" 15
Chapter 3 "Gun Nuts" 45
Chapter 4 Guns of Our Fathers 95
Chapter 5 Civil War 123
Chapter 6 The Wild West 149
Chapter 7 Gangsters, Guns, and G-men 181
Chapter 8 By Any Means Necessary 225
Chapter 9 Decision 265
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Mr. WINKLER DOES A VERY GOOD JOB OF PRESENTING A BALANCED PERSPECTIVE ON THE GUN RIGHTS/CONTROL DEBATE. WHILE SEEMING TO LEAN TO THE "REASONABLE CONTROLS" SIDE OF THE DEBATE, HE DOES PRESENT COMPLETE DATA AND POINTS OF VIEW FROM BOTH SIDES. OTHER VERY SLIGHT BIASES SHOW ALSO, FOR EXAMPLE WHEN HE DISCUSSES THE CONSTITUTIONAL CARRY LAWS IN ARIZONA WHICH HER GOVERNER PASSED BELEIVING IN THE MAXIM THAT GENERALLY "MORE GUNS EQUAL LESS CRIME" IN CONTRAST WITH THE UNFORTUNATE INCIDENT WHICH RESULTED IN DEAD AND WOUNDED OUTSIDE OF A SUPERMARKET IN WHICH THE CASUALTIES INCLUDED GABBY GIFFORDS. TO BE MORE BALANCED IN THAT SECTION, Mr. WINKLER COULD HAVE POINTED OUT THAT ONE OF THE PEOPLE WHO ASSISTED IN ENDING Mr. LAUGHNER'S RAMPAGE WAS A CIVILIAN WHO WAS CARRYING CONCEALED AT THE TIME AND NO DOUBT MITIGATED THE INJURIES AND DEATH CAUSED THAT DAY. THE STYLE IN WHICH Mr. WINKLER PRESENTS A POINT AND THEN COUNTERS FROM THE OPPOSTION, THE OMMISION IN THIS INSTANCE SEEMED SOMEWHAT GLARING. OVERALL THE BOOK IS VERY INFORMATIVE FROM A HISTORICAL AND SOCIAL PERSPECTIVE. PEOPLE FROM EITHER SIDE OF THE DEBATE COULD UTILIZE Mr. WINKLER'S WORK AS REFERENCE MATERIAL TO STRENGTHEN THEIR POSITION AND I AM GRATEFUL TO HIM FOR HIS COMPILATION AND RECOUNTING OF ALL OF THE HISTORICAL EVENTS CITED, INCLUDING THE RECENT HISTORICALLY SIGNIFICANT CASES, STORIES, AND ANECDOTES PERTAINING TO THE SECOND AMMENDMENT.
This is a great book about the second amendment, the history of gun rights and control. The author gives objective and compelling research into a massive topic. This book is well informed and remarkably reasoned.
Because this book starts pre-Revolutionary War, it serves as a collective history presenting the "story" of guns in America. Gun rights AND gun control are explored through American history. Even. Balanced. Thoughtful. Very informative.