Gunfight: The Battle Over the Right to Bear Arms in America

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Author: Adam Winkler

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 0393082296

Category: History

Page: 361

View: 2008

A provocative history that reveals how guns—not abortion, race, or religion—are at the heart of America's cultural divide. Gunfight is a timely work examining America’s four-centuries-long political battle over gun control and the right to bear arms. In this definitive and provocative history, Adam Winkler reveals how guns—not abortion, race, or religion—are at the heart of America’s cultural divide. Using the landmark 2008 case District of Columbia v. Heller—which invalidated a law banning handguns in the nation’s capital—as a springboard, Winkler brilliantly weaves together the dramatic stories of gun-rights advocates and gun-control lobbyists, providing often unexpected insights into the venomous debate that now cleaves our nation.

Peculiar Institution

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Author: David Garland

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 0674058488

Category: History

Page: 432

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Why does the United States, alone among Western democracies, still have the death penalty? It's not a new question, but David Garland provides fresh answers from a multilayered analysis...The title hints at the most provocative part of Garland's answer. In American history, the "peculiar institution" is slavery. Anyone who thinks its vestiges were wiped out by the Emancipation Proclamation or civil rights laws should read this book and think again.

Shooting the Bull

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Author: Guy Smith

Publisher: Free Thinkers Media

ISBN: 0983240701

Category: Political Science

Page: 207

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In politics, everyone lies. Voters distrust everything they are told by politicians, the media and even their neighbors. Despite universal suspicion of news and opinion makers, very few people understand how political lies are created and thus most folk are unable to dissect spin and discover truth. Shooting the Bull details how all political falsehoods are created, why they work and how to detect them. Nowhere on the political landscape are more lies told than within the churning bowels of the gun control industry. Fighting America's revolutionary reluctance to submit and the public's continuing fear of criminals not currently incarcerated in Congress, voters have resisted legislative agendas proposed by The Brady Campaign, Violence Policy Center and the Clinton administration. For decades significant victories have eluded their ilk, leaving only one strategy with which to sway voters - lying. Shooting the Bull serves two purposes. First, it catalogs the common canards of politicians and activists. Readers will recognize how they have been psychologically scammed by special interests and deceived by elected sycophants. They will also experience disquieting revelations as they discover forms of fibs they had previously encountered but not recognized. By the end of the book, readers will be infinitely more cynical about politicians and propagandists and be equipped to dissect future electoral effluvium. The second purpose of Shooting the Bull is to document the deceits peddled by the gun control lobby. Each chapter is devoted to at least one major initiative proffered by anti-gun activists, exposing their falsities through dissection of their motives, methods and inconvenient facts. The art and science of political pretense is illustrated through Senator Dianne Feinstein's "assault weapon" ban, the Million Mom March's campaign to register all guns and license all owners, Michael Moore's deluded "documentaries."

Gunfight: The Battle Over the Right to Bear Arms in America

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Author: Adam Winkler

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 0393077411

Category: History

Page: 361

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Adam Winkler's groundbreaking new work chronicles the story of America's political battles over gun control, and how, like abortion and health care, the heated gun controversy illustrates the increasing political divide between liberals and conservatives, between the concerns of urban residents and the cries of rural activists. Using the Supreme Court's landmark case, District of Columbia v. Heller - in which the 2008 ruling invalidated a law banning handguns in the nation's capital - as a launching pad, Winkler, a prominent law professor and Daily Beast columnist, models his overarching narrative after Anthony Lewis's classic Gideon's Trumpet. Winkler demonstrates that the Supreme Court case proved to be a Pyrrhic victory for the plaintiff, Alan Gura, for while he was successful in challenging the D. C. handgun prohibition, the gun lobbyists lost a bigger struggle: their war to end gun control in America. Shuttling back and forth in history - examining post-Civil War prohibitions against blacks owning guns, FDR's first attempt to impose gun control legislation, or Ronald Reagan's (a Republican!) advocacy of gun control - Winkler reveals that guns have increasingly become the Rosetta Stone of American politics, and that no single issue reveals more about how America has tilted towards the right in the last 50 years. This potentially prize-winning work by an uncommonly gifted legal scholar, ultimately explores the political, social, and legal issues that have so fiercely divided a nation.

The Mythic Meanings of the Second Amendment

Taming Political Violence in a Constitutional Republic

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Author: David C. Williams

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 0300127553

Category: History

Page: 397

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David Williams offers a new reading of the Second Amendment suggesting that it guarantees to individuals a right to arms only insofar as they are part of a united & consensual people so that their uprising can be a unified revolution rather than a civil war.

The Politics of Gun Control

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Author: Robert J. Spitzer

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1351364049

Category: Political Science

Page: 268

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The new edition of this classic text covers the latest developments in American gun policy, including shooting incidents plaguing the American landscape--especially the Orlando nightclub shootings, the San Bernardino incident, and the ongoing legacy of Sandy Hook--placing them in context with similar recent events. The incidents described in the book sparked a wave of gun control legislation at local, state, and national levels, some of which was successful, some doomed and all controversial. Robert J. Spitzer has long been a recognized authority on gun control and gun policy. His even-handed treatment of the issue--as both a member of the NRA and the Brady Center--continues to compel national and international interest, including interviews by the likes of Terry Gross, Tom Ashbrook and Diane Rehm. The seventh edition of The Politics of Gun Control provides the reader with up-to-date data and coverage of gun ownership, gun deaths, school shootings, border patrols and new topics including social media, stand-your-ground laws, magazine regulation, and shooting-related mental health initiatives. New to the Seventh Edition Reports on the pivotal 2016 elections, including the rise and victory of one-time gun control supporter-turned gun rights advocate Donald Trump. The latest data on gun ownership and use, revealing contradictory trends. New developments in the push to allow civilian gun carrying on college campuses, the controversy over so-called "gun-free zones," and a new examination of restrictions imposed on the Centers for Disease Control.

Payback

The Case for Revenge

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Author: Thane Rosenbaum

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 022604369X

Category: Law

Page: 320

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We call it justice—the assassination of Osama bin Laden, the incarceration of corrupt politicians or financiers like Rod Blagojevich and Bernard Madoff, and the climactic slaying of cinema-screen villains by superheroes. But could we not also call it revenge? We are told that revenge is uncivilized and immoral, an impulse that individuals and societies should actively repress and replace with the order and codes of courtroom justice. What, if anything, distinguishes punishment at the hands of the government from a victim’s individual desire for retribution? Are vengeance and justice really so very different? No, answers legal scholar and novelist Thane Rosenbaum in Payback: The Case for Revenge—revenge is, in fact, indistinguishable from justice. Revenge, Rosenbaum argues, is not the problem. It is, in fact, a perfectly healthy emotion. Instead, the problem is the inadequacy of lawful outlets through which to express it. He mounts a case for legal systems to punish the guilty commensurate with their crimes as part of a societal moral duty to satisfy the needs of victims to feel avenged. Indeed, the legal system would better serve the public if it gave victims the sense that vengeance was being done on their behalf. Drawing on a wide range of support, from recent studies in behavioral psychology and neuroeconomics, to stories of vengeance and justice denied, to revenge practices from around the world, to the way in which revenge tales have permeated popular culture—including Hamlet, The Godfather, and Braveheart—Rosenbaum demonstrates that vengeance needs to be more openly and honestly discussed and lawfully practiced. Fiercely argued and highly engaging, Payback is a provocative and eye-opening cultural tour of revenge and its rewards—from Shakespeare to The Sopranos. It liberates revenge from its social stigma and proves that vengeance is indeed ours, a perfectly human and acceptable response to moral injury. Rosenbaum deftly persuades us to reconsider a misunderstood subject and, along the way, reinvigorates the debate on the shape of justice in the modern world.

The Fertile Soil of Jihad

Terrorism's Prison Connection

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Author: Patrick T. Dunleavy

Publisher: Potomac Books, Inc.

ISBN: 1597975486

Category: Political Science

Page: 143

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The shocking link between America's prisons and terrorism

Firearms Law and the Second Amendment

Regulation, Rights, and Policy

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Author: Nicholas J. Johnson,David B. Kopel,George A. Mocsary,Michael P. O'Shea

Publisher: Wolters Kluwer Law & Business

ISBN: 1454876441

Category: Law

Page: 1416

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This casebook is the first and only traditional law school casebook to cover the subject. It provides a comprehensive treatment of cases and materials before and after the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark cases in District of Columbia v. Heller (2008) and McDonald v. Chicago (2010), which affirmed the constitutional right to private firearm possession and use, and made the right enforceable against the states. From days of Anglo-Saxon King Alfred’s militia in the eighth century through the latest cases on electric stun guns and 3-D printed firearms, this casebook covers all aspects of firearms law, policy, and regulation. Rather than looking at arms laws in isolation, the book pays careful attention to changing contexts in race, class, religion, technology, and politics. It is ideally suited to law school courses on firearms law, the Second Amendment, criminal law, jurisprudence and legal history. Key Benefits: Comprehensive coverage of all aspects of firearms law, from early English origins to present-day debates. Ideally suited for a dedicated law school course in firearms law and the Second Amendment. Supplemental materials on the website will provide a continuing research resource, tracking the most current developments in firearms law, regulation, and policy. Five online chapters on firearms and status, the philosophy of citizen arms bearing, international law, comparative law, and an in-depth explanation of firearm and ammunition functionality.

Arming America

The Origins of a National Gun Culture

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Author: Michael A. Bellesiles

Publisher: American Society for Training and Development

ISBN: 9781932360073

Category: History

Page: 604

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Draws on archival material to challenge popular misconceptions about the American belief system about arms rights, tracing "gun fever" to its European origins while documenting the rarity of firearms in early America as well as the technological advances and events that made guns an integral part of American life. Original.

National Rifle Association

Money, Firepower & Fear

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Author: Josh Sugarmann

Publisher: CreateSpace

ISBN: 9781451500226

Category: Political Science

Page: 290

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The National Rifle Association is the most powerful and feared lobby in America. It has tens of millions of dollars, millions of well-armed members and influence at the highest levels of government. Sugarmann, a leading expert on firearms violence, gun control and the NRA, is nationally recognized as an innovative and insightful voice in America's gun control debate. This is the first in-depth account of how the NRA uses fear, intimidation and cash to promote firearms sales and derail gun controls. The byzantine world of the gun lobby is explored: NRA internal power struggles and scandals; competing pro-gun organizations; the warm and longstanding ties between the NRA and the firearms industry; and the power and influence of the Second Amendment fundamentalists, alert to any infringement on their "right" to own any weapon they choose. To boost firearms sales and increase its membership, the NRA has teamed up with the industry to stakeout new markets: women, children and black Americans. Preying on Americans' fears, the NRA promises that true security can only come from the barrel of a gun. On Capitol Hill and in state legislatures, the NRA cherishes its reputation for brass-knuckle political power. The result is that intimidation--including death threats--from NRA members is not uncommon. Faced recently with a litany of unpopular issues to defend--cop-killer bullets, plastic "terrorist special" handguns and assault weapons--today's NRA is increasingly out of step with the American public, the majority of gun owners and police. As a result, the NRA is at a crossroads. Will it retreat to its traditional activities of target shooting, hunting and safety training? Or will it regroup and rearm, ready to wage war on the increasing number who dare question its unyielding pro-gun stance? NRA: Money, Firepower & Fear chronicles the past, present and uncertain future of this uniquely American institution and its role in the gun control wars. Tossing aside accepted stereotypes, it reveals an NRA that will shock gun owners and non-gun owners alike. The NRA's original vision of a coonskin-capped "citizen-soldier" has turned into a national nightmare of violence and death. NRA: Money, Firepower & Fear tells why.--From publisher description.

We the Corporations: How American Businesses Won Their Civil Rights

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Author: Adam Winkler

Publisher: Liveright Publishing

ISBN: 0871403846

Category: Law

Page: 384

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We the Corporations chronicles the revelatory story of one of the most successful, yet least known, “civil rights movements” in American history. We the Corporations chronicles the astonishing story of one of the most successful yet least well-known “civil rights movements” in American history. Hardly oppressed like women and minorities, business corporations, too, have fought since the nation’s earliest days to gain equal rights under the Constitution—and today have nearly all the same rights as ordinary people. Exposing the historical origins of Citizens United and Hobby Lobby, Adam Winkler explains how those controversial Supreme Court decisions extending free speech and religious liberty to corporations were the capstone of a centuries-long struggle over corporate personhood and constitutional protections for business. Beginning his account in the colonial era, Winkler reveals the profound influence corporations had on the birth of democracy and on the shape of the Constitution itself. Once the Constitution was ratified, corporations quickly sought to gain the rights it guaranteed. The first Supreme Court case on the rights of corporations was decided in 1809, a half-century before the first comparable cases on the rights of African Americans or women. Ever since, corporations have waged a persistent and remarkably fruitful campaign to win an ever-greater share of individual rights. Although corporations never marched on Washington, they employed many of the same strategies of more familiar civil rights struggles: civil disobedience, test cases, and novel legal claims made in a purposeful effort to reshape the law. Indeed, corporations have often been unheralded innovators in constitutional law, and several of the individual rights Americans hold most dear were first secured in lawsuits brought by businesses. Winkler enlivens his narrative with a flair for storytelling and a colorful cast of characters: among others, Daniel Webster, America’s greatest advocate, who argued some of the earliest corporate rights cases on behalf of his business clients; Roger Taney, the reviled Chief Justice, who surprisingly fought to limit protections for corporations—in part to protect slavery; and Roscoe Conkling, a renowned politician who deceived the Supreme Court in a brazen effort to win for corporations the rights added to the Constitution for the freed slaves. Alexander Hamilton, Teddy Roosevelt, Huey Long, Ralph Nader, Louis Brandeis, and even Thurgood Marshall all played starring roles in the story of the corporate rights movement. In this heated political age, nothing can be timelier than Winkler’s tour de force, which shows how America’s most powerful corporations won our most fundamental rights and turned the Constitution into a weapon to impede the regulation of big business.

Enough

Our Fight to Keep America Safe from Gun Violence

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Author: Gabrielle Giffords,Mark Kelly,Harry Jaffe

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1476750076

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 256

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Former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords—disabled from an assassination attempt in Tucson, Arizona—and her husband, astronaut Mark Kelly, share their impassioned argument for responsible gun ownership and more responsible gun control laws, despite being gun owners and staunch supporters of the Second Amendment themselves.

Emily Gets Her Gun

ÉBut Obama Wants to Take Yours

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Author: Emily Miller

Publisher: Regnery Publishing

ISBN: 1621571920

Category: Political Science

Page: 384

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In the wake of tragic shootings in Newtown and Aurora, the anti-gun lobby has launched a campaign of lies, distortion, misrepresentation, and emotional manipulation that is breathtaking in its vitriol and its denial of basic facts. Their goal is to take away our Second Amendment rights and then disarm law-abiding Americans. Emily Miller tells her personal story of how being a single, female victim of a home invasion drove her to try to obtain a legally registered gun in Washington, D.C. The narrative—sometimes shocking, other times hilarious in its absurdity—gives the reader a real life understanding of how gun-control laws only make it more difficult for honest, law-abiding people to get guns, while violent crime continues to rise. Using facts and newly uncovered research, Miller exposes the schemes politicians on Capitol Hill, in the White House, and around the country are using to deny people their Second Amendment rights. She exposes the myths that gun grabbers and liberal media use to get new laws passed that infringe on our right to keep and bear arms. The gun rights debate isn’t just about firearms. It’s about protecting a fundamental right that is enshrined in the U.S. Constitution. It’s about politicians who lie, manipulate, and outright break existing laws to get what they want. It’s about President Obama wanting a bigger federal government to control you. Not just your guns—you. The fight for gun rights is the fight for freedom. Emily Miller says stand up and fight back now because your Second Amendment will only be the first to go.

The Gunning of America

Business and the Making of American Gun Culture

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Author: Pamela Haag

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 0465048951

Category: History

Page: 528

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Don't Shoot

One Man, a Street Fellowship, and the End of Violence in Inner-City America

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Author: David M. Kennedy

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1408828898

Category: Social Science

Page: 320

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Gang- and drug-related inner-city violence, with its attendant epidemic of incarceration, is the defining crime problem in our country. In some neighborhoods in America, one out of every two hundred young black men is shot to death every year, and few initiatives of government and law enforcement have made much difference. But when David Kennedy, a self-taught and then-unknown criminologist, engineered the "Boston Miracle" in the mid-1990s, he pointed the way toward what few had imagined: a solution. Don't Shoot tells the story of Kennedy's long journey. Riding with beat cops, hanging with gang members, and stoop-sitting with grandmothers, Kennedy found that all parties misunderstood each other, caught in a spiral of racialized anger and distrust. He envisioned an approach in which everyone-gang members, cops, and community members-comes together in what is essentially a huge intervention. Offenders are told that the violence must stop, that even the cops want them to stay alive and out of prison, and that even their families support swift law enforcement if the violence continues. In city after city, the same miracle has followed: violence plummets, drug markets dry up, and the relationship between the police and the community is reset. This is a landmark book, chronicling a paradigm shift in how we address one of America's most shameful social problems. A riveting, page-turning read, it combines the street vérité of The Wire, the social science of Gang Leader for a Day, and the moral urgency and personal journey of Fist Stick Knife Gun. But unlike anybody else, Kennedy shows that there could be an end in sight.

Ricochet

Confessions of a Gun Lobbyist

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Author: Richard Feldman

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781118130995

Category: History

Page: 304

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Ricochet Confessions Of A Gun Lobbyist "Ricochet tells the truth. With each page I can hear the echo of footsteps down the Rayburn Building's marbled halls as Feldman tells the intimate story few know and even fewer survive." —Jack Brooks (D-Tex.), former Chairman, U.S. House Judiciary Committee "Ricochet casts an eye-opening spotlight on the shadowy world of behind-the-scenes gun politics. Is it accurate? Absolutely! I was there." —John Aquilino, former Director, NRA Public Education "Ricochet is right on target. Feldman's behind-the-scenes memoir vividly describes America's firearms debate and struggle to win in extraordinary detail. I thoroughly enjoyed it." —John W. Magaw, former Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms

The Second Amendment

A Biography

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Author: Michael Waldman

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1476747458

Category: History

Page: 272

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At a time of renewed debate over guns in America, what does the Second Amendment mean? This book looks at history to provide some surprising, illuminating answers. The Amendment was written to calm public fear that the new national government would crush the state militias made up of all (white) adult men -- who were required to own a gun to serve. Waldman recounts the raucous public debate that has surrounded the amendment from its inception to the present. As the country spread to the Western frontier, violence spread too. But through it all, gun control was abundant. In the 20th century, with Prohibition and gangsterism, the first federal control laws were passed. On all four occasions, the Supreme Court ruled against a constitutional right to own a gun. The present debate picked up in the 1970s -- part of a backlash to the liberal 1960s and a resurgence of libertarianism. A newly radicalized NRA entered the campaign to oppose gun control and elevate the status of an obscure constitutional provision. In 2008, in a case that reached the Court after a focused drive by conservative lawyers, the US Supreme Court ruled for the first time that the Constitution protects an individual right to gun ownership. Famous for his theory of "originalism," Justice Antonin Scalia twisted it in this instance to base his argument on contemporary conditions. Waldman shows that our view of the amendment is set, at each stage, not by a pristine constitutional text, but by the push and pull, the rough and tumble of political advocacy and public agitation.

Coyote V. Acme

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Author: Ian Frazier

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

ISBN: 1466828757

Category: Humor

Page: 128

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Twenty-two humorous essays on topics ranging from Joseph Stalin's theories of revolutionary stand-up comedy, to a commencement address given by a Satanist college President, to the opening statement of an attorney representing Wile E. Coyote in a product liability suit against the Acme company, supplier of unpredictable rocket sleds and faulty spring-powered shoes.

Silver Burdett Ginn Mathematics

A Path to Success

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Author: Francis Fennell,Joan Ferrini-Mundy,Herbert P. Ginsburg,Carole Greenes,Stuart J Murphy,William Tate

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780382348952

Category: Education

Page: 560

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Silver Burdett Ginn Mathematics ( 2001) components for Grade 5.