Gunfight: The Battle Over the Right to Bear Arms in America

Gunfight: The Battle Over the Right to Bear Arms in America

by Adam Winkler

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Overview

A provocative history that reveals how guns—not abortion, race, or religion—are 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 guns—not abortion, race, or religion—are at the heart of America’s cultural divide. Using the landmark 2008 case District of Columbia v. Heller—which invalidated a law banning handguns in the nation’s capital—as 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393345834
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 07/15/2013
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 165,514
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

Preface xvii

Part I

Chapter 1 Big Guns and Little Guns at the Supreme Court 3

Chapter 2 "Gun Grabbers" 15

Chapter 3 "Gun Nuts" 45

Part II

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

Part III

Chapter 9 Decision 265

Epilogue 299

Acknowledgments 301

Notes 303

Index 343

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Gunfight: The Battle Over the Right to Bear Arms in America 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.