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Guns across America : Reconciling Gun Rules and Rights

By: Spitzer, Robert.
Material type: TextTextSeries: eBooks on Demand.Publisher: Cary : Oxford University Press, 2015Description: 1 online resource (289 p.).ISBN: 9780190228590.Subject(s): Firearms -- Law and legislation -- United States | Firearms ownership -- United States | Gun control -- United StatesGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Guns across America : Reconciling Gun Rules and RightsDDC classification: 323.4/3 | 323.43 Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
""Cover""; ""GUNS ACROSS AMERICA""; ""Copyright""; ""Dedication""; ""Contents""; ""Acknowledgments""; ""Introduction""; ""Chapter 1 Why Do We Have Government?""; ""Chapter 2 Our Forefathers� Superior Gun Wisdom""; ""Chapter 3 What about the Second Amendment?""; ""Chapter 4 Stand Your Ground: How Did We Get from Self-Defense to Shoot First?""; ""Chapter 5 The Case of New York""; ""Appendix: State Gun Laws, 1607�1934""; ""Notes""; ""About the Author""; ""Index""
Summary: In vast swathes of America, the sacredness of the Second Amendment has become a political third rail, never to be questioned. Gun rights supporters wear tri-cornered hats, wave the stars and stripes, and ask what would have happened if the revolutionaries had been unarmed when the British were coming. They have had great success in conflating unfettered gun ownership with the Founding Fathers, the Constitution, and all things American, even in an era of repeated mass shootings. Yet the all-too-familiar narrative of America's gun past, echoed in the Supreme Court's Heller gun rights decision, i
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""Cover""; ""GUNS ACROSS AMERICA""; ""Copyright""; ""Dedication""; ""Contents""; ""Acknowledgments""; ""Introduction""; ""Chapter 1 Why Do We Have Government?""; ""Chapter 2 Our Forefathers� Superior Gun Wisdom""; ""Chapter 3 What about the Second Amendment?""; ""Chapter 4 Stand Your Ground: How Did We Get from Self-Defense to Shoot First?""; ""Chapter 5 The Case of New York""; ""Appendix: State Gun Laws, 1607�1934""; ""Notes""; ""About the Author""; ""Index""

In vast swathes of America, the sacredness of the Second Amendment has become a political third rail, never to be questioned. Gun rights supporters wear tri-cornered hats, wave the stars and stripes, and ask what would have happened if the revolutionaries had been unarmed when the British were coming. They have had great success in conflating unfettered gun ownership with the Founding Fathers, the Constitution, and all things American, even in an era of repeated mass shootings. Yet the all-too-familiar narrative of America's gun past, echoed in the Supreme Court's Heller gun rights decision, i

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Spitzer (chair, political science dept., State Univ. of New York Cortland; The Politics of Gun Control), a gun control advocate, provocatively challenges the "gun myth" of American history. Guns, the author argues, were an integral part of America's past, but gun control laws were equally a fundamental characteristic of American history. Colonial and state governments enacted thousands of gun-control measures over the past 200-plus years, many much stricter than today's measures. From 1791 through 2007, none was overturned for violating the Second Amendment. Today's relaxation of gun control laws, Spitzer strongly asserts, clearly reverses the history of strong regulation of firearms in America. Similarly, the concept of individual gun rights in the Second Amendment and "Stand Your Ground" laws create new rights that never existed before in American history. The author presents convincing research that shows that death by guns tends to be the lowest in states with the strongest gun control laws. By building his own legal assault rifle in New York (where gun laws are very restrictive), he seeks to demonstrate that strong laws are not impossible obstacles to gun ownership. VERDICT Based on extensive research, this book contests strongly held beliefs in contemporary America and will appeal to those interested in the Second Amendment, gun control, and guns in American history.-Mark Jones, Mercantile Lib., Cincinnati © Copyright 2015. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Robert J. Spitzer is Distinguished Service Professor and Chair of the Political Science Department at SUNY Cortland. He is the author of 15 books, including five on the presidency and five on gun policy, and of over 600 articles, essays, and papers appearing in many books, journals, newspapers, and web sites on many American politics subjects. He is a former president of the Presidency and Executive Politics Section of the APSA.

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