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on April 30, 2013
I really enjoyed reading this book. I am a moderate liberal on most issues. If you talked to me a decade ago, I was all over the 'let's get rid of guns' movement. Now, not so much- especially after having had the security of my home violated.
Guns vs. No Guns: Glenn Beck is going to give you an absolutely predictable take on guns/gun violence. If you are pro-gun-control, you are probably not going to like this book.
I agree with some of his arguments- others I do not. I think it is a good thing to have ongoing debates regarding security and constitutional rights. This is, however, a little like the pro-life/pro-choice argument. I don't think there is ever going to be a pat answer(or legislation) that satisfies all.
People do stupid things. Guns are deadly. This can make for a very bad equation. But the same could be said of cars and a million other things. Beck does make an argument similar to this- it isn't the gun, it is the person willfully acting with the gun. He does cite alot of statistics and various studies including one that links children's exposure to media violence to actual violence(I think this study said the media desensitizes children in such ways that they may have more of a propensity for violent behavior).
The book was pretty short. I did like the way Beck addressed the issue- he took quotations from all sorts of sources: studies, tv talking heads, etc.. He then responded with both his opinion and often some statistics to back his view up. At times, the book is a bit misleading because the 'real' statistics get mashed up with anecdotal evidence. I think that some of the studies cited could be a touch out of date. Living in a suburb of San Francisco, I've seen a dramatic shift in demographics in the areas surrounding our neighborhood and I'd be interested in seeing some of those study statistics refreshed since the fall in the economy.
I do agree with Beck that the media does get everyone all riled up- one year it is bird flu, then H1N1 is going to wipe half the world out, then there is a tragic school shooting. Then things end to die down as the next crisis takes place. I also have to say, I'm not totally gung ho on veryone giving up their guns when we know the criminals out there will continue to get them. Cocaine(and other drugs) is illegal but I bet you can find a few people in your neighborhood that indulge. I sort of waffle on the gun subject because I know if I owned a gun, I would take all necessary precautions available to me to keep it and myself/my family safe from criminals. Others are not so cautious and end up having their own weapon turned on them or stolen and used in another crime. That sort of falls in the people doing dumb things category.
I enjoyed reading the book. Beck does have a bit of humor and he does call people(mostly media and political personae) out on statements they have made. My personal opinion on control is neither here nor there- I felt the book was well written and it made me think about some of my own views on the subject. Thinking is good. If you are interested and have an open mind, from either side of the argument you will likely enjoy this read and maybe do some thinking on the points Beck raises. I would caution- be careful about drawing conclusions regarding statistics. In some of these studies there could be some very influential confounding factors that are not brought into the argument.
Overall, a great read, even if I can't agree on a number of points Beck raises. I liked the 'response to comments/ideas' format of the book.