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  • Series: Opposing Viewpoints
  • Paperback: 1 pages
  • Publisher: Greenhaven Press (June 4, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0737736615
  • ISBN-13: 978-0737736618
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.4 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #465,399 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gr 10 Up--Magazine articles and position papers written by professors, lawyers, research directors, journalists, and others discuss a variety of issues related to individual ownership of firearms and ways to reduce gun violence. The topics explored within the pro-and-con framework are: private handguns as a public-health hazard, the constitutionality of private ownership, and the legalization of concealed weapons. Articles include both balanced and biased views, with writers frequently citing extensive statistical support for their positions. Cartoons, graphs, and boxed quotes enliven the format; magazine and book bibliographies and organizations to contact are included. General readers with limited background in this subject will benefit from reading a less complex introduction such as Maggi Aitkens's Gun Control (Lerner, 1990; o.p.) before delving into this title.

Judith L. Miller, formerly at Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library, IN

Copyright 1997 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Acute Observer on March 18, 2009
Format: Paperback
This 185 page book begins with a quote of the First Amendment "Congress shall make no law ... abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press" but lacks "the right to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed." Why is that? The purpose of this book is to provide the contrasting viewpoints to help "develop critical thinking skills" for the reader. Those who want to limit the power of the people want to disarm them, while those in favor or popular power want them to remain armed. This goes back to Roman times and the Caesars! Are there dangers in armed people? When people are disarmed they will be oppressed (high taxes and low wages) and this also causes misery and death, as in 19th century Europe when immigrants fled `gun control' countries to come to gun friendly America. News reports say this is still happening today.

"Does Private Ownership of Handguns pose a serious threat to society?" The answer is NO, as demonstrated by 19th century American history and by such states as Vermont and South Dakota today. The argument that a higher rate of gun ownership leads to more gun deaths is as true as saying more car ownership leads to more automobile deaths. Note how people use flawed statistics or false data in their arguments. "Vancouver has a higher rate of violence that most other Canadian cities" (p.19). Since the rate of violent death in Canada is just slightly less than in America then something other than guns must be killing Canadians. Given the effect of temperature Canada's rates should be lower. You can compare rates for states along the Canadian border to states along the Gulf Coast. Note the quote on page 21: "the two cities have similar rates of murder"! Canada's crime rate escalated after its 1977 ban of handguns. That quote from the NEJM (p.41) is a concocted lie.
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1 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Acute Observer on August 7, 2009
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This series of books addresses the arguments for and against a single issue. The reader can weigh the arguments and perhaps reach a conclusion that is different from their assumptions. Given the massive "gun control" propaganda in the corporate press and the corporate-educational complex this may be the one source for independent views. The `Introduction' told how some politicians used laws to prosecute firearms manufacturers. Should a 15-year old be toying with a real gun (p.14)? What was he taught in home and at school? In earlier times experience and training could have prevented this tragedy. The purpose of Gun Prohibition is to oppress people with lower wages and higher taxes, it has been going on since the 1968 Gun Control Act was passed. This law had sections copied from the Nazi Gun Control laws, you can research this on the Internet.

Chapter 1 asks if Gun Ownership is a threat to society. NO, this was proved by American history from the 18th to mid-20th century. Crime and violence are increased by the poverty resulting from low wages and higher taxes, and other discrimination since Pittsburgh in 1877. Lobbyists for "gun control" will never tell you that. Chapter 2 asks if the Second Amendment protects private gun ownership. YES, and so does Natural Law. The right to keep and bear arms has been part of English Common Law for many centuries. The US vs. Miller decision (p.59) said it was lawful for a person to own a weapon that was used by the military. [Note how this decision is twisted by Gun Prohibitionists!] Philosophers like Aristotle told how freedom and democracy require an armed citizenry. The Second Amendment restricts the Federal Government from restrictions or infringements on the right of the people to keep and bear arms.
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