From the Founding Fathers and the Second Amendment to the origins of the Klan, ironically as a gun control organization, the debate over guns has always generated controversy. Whether examining the Black Panthers' role in provoking the modern gun rights movement or Ronald Reagan's efforts to curtail gun ownership, 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.
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By wesley felice on 02-04-18
Excellent, well researched and thought provoking.
This book has my absolute recommendation. It is an excellent historical and modern depiction of the gun rights debate. If you are like most Americans, you will find yourself favoring one side of the debate over the other, often heavily. Don't worry Adam Winkler doesn't pull his punches, both sides get their fair share of heat, and regardless of where you fall on the debate, he will probably make you question your beliefs on the issue. If you are looking for a book that supports your polarized view of the argument go read Tom Diaz or Jon Lott Jr. If you want a book that will likely bring clarity and unity to your opinions, I would highly recommend Gunfight by Adam Winkler.
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By Kevin Elliott on 11-03-18
Annoying narrator, interesting history
The narrator was a bit annoying. His voice was overly serious and the way he pronounces 'white' ("h-white") was distracting.
The book is framed around the DC vs Heller decision and is best read as a history of why that decision turned out the way it did. The steps of that case through the courts structures the book. I expected something more synoptic and was a bit disappointed by this focus.
My biggest gripe with the book is the author's strident assertions about what is and is not possible in the gun debate. He says, for instance, that America will always have guns and so no project of mass confiscation of guns is possible. This point is puerile, however, since much of the debate is about what kind of guns are appropriate. His point is actively unhelpful in thinking this question through.
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