The Last Gun: How 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 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.
"A blistering takedown of the gun business and politics."
—The Boston Globe
"A gripping narrative that combines plenty of factual data with compelling storytelling."
—Joshua Horowitz, executive director, Coalition to Stop Gun Violence
"Tom Diaz is one of the most insightful observers of the gun industry and the larger gun debate in America today."
—Robert J. Spitzer, author of The Politics of Gun Control
"Diaz knows his subject inside and out and, like the prophets of old, hurls his arguments from the mountaintop with terrible precision."
—Andrew Gumbel, journalist and author of Steal This Vote
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Meet the Author
Tom Diaz is a writer, lawyer, and public speaker on the gun industry and gun control. Formerly senior policy analyst at the Violence Policy Center, he has been featured on MSNBC, NPR, and other national media. His books include Making a Killing (The New Press). He lives in Washington,D.C.
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