Gun crusaders : the NRA's culture war / Scott Melzer.Material type: TextSeries: JSTOR eBooks.Publisher: New York : New York University Press, ©2009Description: 1 online resource (xii, 323 pages) : illustrations.Content type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 9781441631565; 1441631569; 9780814759509; 0814759505.Subject(s): Gun control -- United States | Firearms ownership -- United StatesAdditional physical formats: Print version:: Gun crusaders.DDC classification: 323.4/3 Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 271-304) and index.
Frontier masculinity, America's "gun culture," and the NRA -- Why a gun movement? -- Framing threats to gun rights -- Under attack -- Fighting the culture wars -- The politics of commitment -- Right and far-right moral politics -- The ties that bind.
"Nothing conjures up images of the American frontier and a pick-yourself-up-by-the-bootstraps view of freedom and independence quite like guns. Gun Crusaders is a fascinating inside look at how the four-million member National Rifle Association and its committed members come to see each and every gun control threat as a step down the path towards gun confiscation, and eventually socialism. Enlivened by a rich analysis of NRA materials, meetings, leader speeches, and unique in-depth interviews with NRA members, Gun Crusaders focuses on how the NRA constructs and perceives threats to gun rights as one more attack in a broad liberal cultural war. Scott Melzer shows that the NRA promotes a nostalgic vision of frontier masculinity, whereby gun rights defenders are seen as patriots and freedom fighters, defending not the freedom of religion, but the religion of individual rights and freedoms"--Provided by publisher.
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