Guns in America : a reader / edited by Jan E. Dizard, Robert Merrill Muth, and Stephen P. Andrews

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Subjects: Gun control--United States
Firearms--United States
Firearms--United States--History
Formats: Print
Material Type: Books
Language: English
Audience: Unspecified
Published: New York : New York University Press, c1999
LC Classification: H, HV
Physical Description: ix, 517 p. : ill. ; 26 cm
Table of Contents: Acknowledgments
Pt. I. The Rise of Gun Culture in America
Introduction: Guns Made Us Free - Now What? 1
A. Independent Yeomen, Enterprising Manufacturers, and Manifest Destiny
1. The Origins of Gun Culture in the United States, 1760-1865 / Michael A. Bellesiles 17
2. Guns, Gun Culture, and the Peddling of Dreams / William Hosley 47
3. The Cowboy Subculture / David T. Courtwright 86
4. "Another Branch of Manly Sport": American Rifle Games, 1840-1900 / Russell S. Gilmore 105
B. Ambivalence and Gun Culture
5. Guns, Politics, and Public Policy / Steven Thomas Seitz 125
6. The Impact of Agenda Conflict on Policy Formulation and Implementation: The Case of Gun Control / William J. Vizzard 131
7. A Loaded Question: What Is It about Americans and Guns? / Leonard Kriegel 145
8. When the Time Comes to Give Up a Firearm / Judy Foreman 154
9. Americans Love Their Guns but Fear Violence / Kathryn Kahler 158
10. The Party of Gun-Haters / Jeff Jacoby 162
Pt. II. The War over Guns
Introduction: Numbers Don't Count 165
A. Pro-Gun
11. Self-Defense: The Right and the Deterrent / Wayne LaPierre 173
12. Confessions of a Former Gun Control Supporter / Clayton E. Cramer 178
13. A Nation of Cowards / Jeffrey R. Snyder 182
14. Self-Defense: A Primary Civil Right / Tanya K. Metaksa 194
15. The Second Amendment: America's First Freedom / Charlton Heston 199
B. Anti-Gun
16. Statement of Sarah Brady / Sarah Brady 207
17. Violence in America: A Public Health Emergency / C. Everett Kopp, George D. Lundberg 211
18. Firearms and Assault: "Guns Don't Kill People, People Kill People" / Franklin F. Zunring, Gordon Hawkins 216
19. Loaded Guns in the Home Analysis of a National Random Survey of Gun Owners / Douglas S. Weil, David Hemenway 222
20. Political Snipers: How the NRA Exploited Loopholes and Waged a Stealth Campaign against the Democrats / Robert Dreyfuss 233
Pt. III. As American as Apple Pie: Guns as a Cultural Battleground
Introduction: On the Cultural Battlefield 245
A. Guns as a Way of Life - Sort Of
21. Self-Transformation in Combat and the Pleasures of Killing / James William Gibson 257
22. Violence and Honor in the Southern United States / Richard E. Nisbett, Dov Cohen 264
23. The Great Bambi War: Tocquevillians versus Keynesians in an Upstate New York County / Edward C. Hansen 275
B. The Breakdown of Civil Society
24. The Crisis of Public Order / Adam Walinsky 291
25. Crime and Community / Wendy Kaminer 304
26. The Incidence of Defensive Firearm Use by U.S. Crime Victims, 1987 through 1990 / David McDowall, Brian Wiersema 315
27. Does Allowing Law-Abiding Citizens to Carry Concealed Handguns Save Lives? / John R. Lott, Jr. 322
28. Should You Own a Gun? / Gordon Witkin 331
29. Americans Losing Trust in Each Other and Institutions / Washington Post Series 338
C. Who Will Protect Us? Minorities and Guns
30. Arms and the Woman: A Feminist Reappraisal / Mary Zeiss Stange 351
31. Guns Are the Tools by Which We Forge Our Liberty / Cindy Hill 388
32. Gun Control in America: A History of Discrimination against the Poor and Minorities / T. Markus Funk 390
33. Talk at Temple Beth Shir Shalom: Friday, April 30, 1993 / J. Neil Schulman 403
D. When Government Is the Enemy
34. Apocalypse Now? / James Coates 411
35. They've Had Enough / Philip Weiss 424
36. Author's Call to Arms Gets Answer / Robert George 441
37. The Anti-Enviro Connection / David Helvarg 444
Pt. IV. Living with Guns - Seeking Middle Ground in the Battlefield
Introduction: Can We Live with Guns? 447
38. America's Only Realistic Option: Promoting Responsible Gun Ownership / David B. Kopel 452
39. What Are the Alternatives? / Wilbur Edel 464
40. Lawsuit Aims at Gun Industry / Jo-Ann Moriarty 480
41. Crime Fighting's About-Face / Fox Butterfield 486
42. Second Thoughts on the Second Amendment / Wendy Kaminer 490
43. Ten Essential Observations on Guns in America / James D. Wright 500
Works Cited 509
Suggested Readings 511
Contributors 513
Additional Authors: Dizard, Jan E., 1940-
Muth, Robert M
Andrews, Stephen P., 1959-
Notes: LCCN: 98047896
ISBN: 0814718787 (cloth : alk. paper)
ISBN: 0814718795 (pbk. : alk. paper)
Includes bibliographical references and index
OCLC Number: 40230496
ISBN/ISSN: 0814718787
0814718795