The Trigger: Narratives of the American Shooter

The Trigger: Narratives of the American Shooter

by Daniel J. Patinkin


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Six moving profiles reveal the complex realities behind gun violence in the United States. These are the stories of the shooters.

In South Carolina, a young man embarks on a life of crime that culminates in a drug-related shooting and decades in prison; in Chicago, an off-duty police officer engages in a shootout with a murderous gunman, saving a fellow patrolman; in rural Tennessee, a troubled teenager shoots her abusive father in his sleep. The Trigger recounts the dramatic life stories of six individuals who have shot someone in America.

In 2017, over 15,000 were killed and over 31,000 were injured by gunfire. Faced with these desensitizing statistics, one easily forgets that each incident is perpetrated by a living, feeling human being who has walked a unique path. The causes and consequences of these violent acts are often far more complicated than one might expect.

Author Daniel J. Patinkin exhaustively interviewed each of six shooters about their life experiences and about the unique circumstances that compelled them to use a firearm against another person. The result is a series of profound narratives that is sure to distress and challenge the reader, but also, perhaps, to provide enlightenment and inspiration.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781628729191
Publisher: Arcade
Publication date: 06/19/2018
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 1,259,887
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Daniel J. Patinkin is a Chicago-born writer and businessman. His unique career has spanned the real estate, finance, education, and entertainment industries. He earned a BA in English and history from Indiana University and an MFA in producing from the University of Southern California. He is also the cowriter, with Chris Leben, of The Crippler.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Chapter 1 In the Spanish Wells: Lester Young Jr. 15

Chapter 2 The Drifter: John Frizzle 71

Chapter 3 The Devil's Bargain: Marvin Gomez 125

Chapter 4 A Man for Others: Alphonsus O'Connor 163

Chapter 5 In Isolation: Brittany Aden 203

Chapter 6 An All-American Boy: Brandon Clancy 239

Epilogue 291

Acknowledgments 301

Notes 303

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JBronder More than 1 year ago
When I first saw this book I was curious to see how Daniel J. Patinkin would execute this since guns are such a major topic currently. The moment you say gun and shooting you have a sever reaction either against all guns or for them. In the very beginning of the book Daniel even talks about how hard it was to try and find a couple people that would be willing to share their shooting stories. The Trigger is well executed in how it presents six stories of shootings, what happened, and how it changes the people’s lives afterwards. You will read about a young man that got into selling drugs then had to shoot someone, a man that shoots and kills his own mother, a man that hat to shoot someone in self-defense, a police officer, a young woman that killed her abusive father, and a young man that was out partying and a confrontation with another person goes wrong. Daniel lays the stories out like they happened and gives you room to come to your own conclusions about them. The stories come from all walks of life and a variety of people. I absolutely love how you hear the full story. Usually in the news we just hear about the event and a little bit about the before and after, essentially just enough to explain/justify the shooting. As a Second Amendment supporter I feel that we have the right to protect ourselves. But I also this is a right and if you don’t feel comfortable/capable of using the gun, it is your right to not have one. But just like anything, whether it is a gun or knife or anything else, there is always someone out there that is going to abuse that right. But before I get into a whole discussion about gun rights, I will come back to my review. This is a great look at guns, the people that have had to shoot someone, and how it has affected their lives. This is a wonderful book that is well written and one that I recommend everyone to read. There is so much more to the gun debate than just people being shot and killed and this book has a great approach to the bigger picture. I received a complimentary copy of this book. I voluntarily chose to read and post an honest review.