The Hidden History of Guns and the Second Amendment

The Hidden History of Guns and the Second Amendment

by Thom Hartmann
The Hidden History of Guns and the Second Amendment

The Hidden History of Guns and the Second Amendment

by Thom Hartmann


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"In this precise primer on firearms practices and policies, progressive talk-show host Hartmann examines the history of routine gun usage and extreme gun violence and assesses the influence of gun ownership on contemporary political, economic, and social norms...A brief but powerful analysis of a searing national crisis." —Booklist

Thom Hartmann, the most popular progressive radio host in America and a New York Times bestselling author, looks at the real history of guns in America and what we can do to limit both their lethal impact and the power of the gun lobby.

Taking his typically in-depth, historically informed view, Hartmann examines the brutal role guns have played in American history, from the genocide of the Native Americans to the enforcement of slavery (Slave Patrols are in fact the Second Amendment's "well-regulated militias") and the racist post-Civil War social order. He shows how the NRA and conservative Supreme Court justices used specious logic to invent a virtually unlimited individual right to own guns, which has enabled the ever-growing number of mass shootings in the United States. But Hartmann also identifies a handful of powerful, commonsense solutions that would break the power of the gun lobby and restore the understanding of the Second Amendment that the Framers of the Constitution intended. This is the kind of brief, brilliant analysis for which Hartmann is justly renowned.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781523085996
Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers
Publication date: 06/04/2019
Series: The Thom Hartmann Hidden History Series , #1
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 206,434
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 6.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Thom Hartmann is a progressive national and internationally syndicated talk show host. Talkers Magazine named him America's #1 most important progressive host and the host of one of the top 10 talk radio shows in the country every year for over a decade. A four-time recipient of the Project Censored Award, Hartmann is also a New York Times bestselling author of twenty-four books, translated in multiple languages.

Table of Contents

Foreword vii

Preface x

Introduction: The Social Cost of Guns 1

1 The Unholy Alliance of Racism, Genocide, and Guns 6

2 The Sanitized History of America 10

3 The Roots of American Gun Culture in the "Discovery" of America 15

4 From Columbus to Jamestown 18

5 From Genocide to Slavery 22

6 Early Hints toward the Second Amendment 26

7 Gun Culture's Ebb and Flow 28

8 How Slavery Laid the Foundation of the Second Amendment 31

9 Gun Culture Enshrined: The Second Amendment 34

10 A Constitutional Rorschach Ploy: Limits on Slavery? 36

11 How Europe's History of Mercenaries and Military Coups Shaped the Second Amendment 41

12 How Fears of Abolition Shaped the Second Amendment 47

13 The Myth of the Well-Armed Cowboy 52

14 The Gunshot That Ended Reconstruction 61

15 The Failure of Reconstruction and the Rise of the Klan 63

16 Racists Turn Open Carry into the New White Hood 69

17 Copwatching and Its Connection to Gun Control 76

18 One Sunny August Day in Texas 82

19 1966: A Turning Point in America's Gun Culture 89

20 Guns, Militarism, and the War on Drugs 95

21 Heller: Reinterpreting the Second Amendment 99

22 Political Corruption Underwrites America's Gun-Control Nightmare 109

23 Gun-Control Activists Are Confronting Only the Tip of the Iceberg 114

24 Neoliberalism Drives Inequality; Inequality Drives Mass Murder 118

25 Weapons of War on Americas Streets 125

26 Semiautomatic Weapons 127

27 What America Learned from Cars-and How to Apply It to Guns 133

28 Gun Manufacturing in the 21st Century: 3-D Printing 137

29 Well-Regulated Smart Guns Are Here 140

30 Addressing Racism to Reduce Gun Violence 144

31 Learning from Other Nations 148

Notes 151

Acknowledgments 160

Index 162

About the Author 170

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