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Gun Control and Gun Rights: A Reader and Guide Paperback

ISBN-13: 978-0814747605 ISBN-10: 0814747604

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: NYU Press (June 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0814747604
  • ISBN-13: 978-0814747605
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #910,001 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Most academic literature regarding firearms policy is one-sided advocacy scholarship. . . . This book seeks to create such a balance."
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About the Author

Andrew J. McClurg is professor of law at the Florida International University College of Law.

David B. Kopel is Research Director at the Independence Institute, an Associate Policy Analyst at the Cato Institute, and Adjunct Professor Advanced Constitutional Law at Denver University, Sturm College of Law.

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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 6, 2002
Format: Paperback
For the most part, the gun-policy debate in the United States could be well summed up by Yeats' words: The best lack all conviction while the worst / Are full of passionate intensity. Truly honest scholarship, in the sense of a dispassionate exploration of the issues underlying the debate, has been sorely lacking. Even the best, scientifically-based work has taken the form of attempts to prove something about the social benefits or social costs of private gun ownership. No one, it seems, has come forward to frame the questions that the debate ought to be seeking to answer.
Andrew McClurg, David Kopel and Brannon Denning have done just that. While holding very different personal views - McClurg is an advocate of increased gun control while Kopel and Denning are in favor of broader gun rights - these three have built a framework within which a meaningful debate can begin.
Anyone who truly cares about finding a workable resolution to our country's disagreements over gun ownership - anyone, that is, who will make the effort to get beyond simply demanding that things be settled their way - will benefit from reading this book.
I want to stress how very important it is that we, as informed, thinking citizens, take control of this debate. Politicians work to extend and ensure their tenures by polarizing constituencies around divisive issues. They have, in all too many instances, no genuine desire to find solutions that meet and respect the vital interests of all. If lasting resolutions are to be achieved, if answers are to be found that we can all live with, they will have to be built from the ground up in the minds of individuals who have taken responsibility for their own beliefs.
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