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Gun Show Nation: Gun Culture and American Democracy Paperback – Bargain Price, November 6, 2007
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She wrote in the Introduction to this 2006 book, "Ten years ago, at a gun show... I began to try to understand how and why guns speak in this national conversation... This book follows that gun talk from gun shows, to gun stores, to gun-rights conventions, to the huge annual meetings of the National Rifle Association. I traveled to eight states, talking with gun owners, sellers, lobbyists, grassroots organizers, and policy makers. Some of these people are my neighbors, others I met far from home... The journey I took to listen to this politics of guns made me question how we imagine what it means to be an American, and the often bitter debates that swirl around our identities as a people."
She writes, "Having walked the aisles of more than a dozen gun shows, I was used to hearing about the founding fathers and their wisdom in writing the Second Amendment... Gun owners had given me hundreds of mini-history lessons as I stood handling their wares." (Pg.Read more ›
As for "Gun Show Nation", it's a nasty book: the author spends half her time spewing vitriol regarding white males. While I happen to BE a white male, I in no way believe that we are any better than other segments of our society. However, I also do not think we are any worse and frankly hold people who subscribe to this petty Balkanization in complete contempt.
On to the contents of the book itself. If I may digress, what is the reason that people do not walk around wearing sunglasses all of the time? Because they make everything look dark and deprive the wearer of a high degree of visual sensitivity. Well, this author seems to have taken it upon herself to look at gun owners with dark sunglasses on: she sees only a darkened image of what is there and misses out on a great deal of what makes gun ownership something that gives substantial enjoyment. Take her contemptuous comments regarding Charlton Heston, for example. She seems to have decided that since he was an NRA leader for a number of years that he's some sort of bigoted fool. The fact that he marched on D.C. with Martin Luther King Jr. apparently means nothing to her. He opposed racial segregation AND McCarthyism but since he also chose to support a right she disapproves of, he is a bad guy.Read more ›
Never mind that firearms are the only reasonable means of personal protection for women, people of short stature, people with disabilities, and the elderly. Or that a 911 call or pepper spray are useless in the middle of a violent assault.
Yes, old white boys are the ones front and center at gun shows, just as they are in government, business, and in all aspects of our society. They held all the power for many years, and power-sharing is not something that happens overnight--culture creeps. And yes, they are mostly the ones who fought in the wars and developed an interest in firearms history. But that's changing. Women are starting to listen to the words of Susan B. Anthony, who advocated for females protecting themselves and not relying on males. More women are studying the Federalist Papers and other documents written by our founders.
Some of the history presented is interesting, and yet the author's bias is obvious throughout.Read more ›
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I read this book and was not impressed at all. The book had obvious flaws: All the inflammatory remarks seem to have been made during "confidential interviews" by people who seem... Read morePublished on July 25, 2013 by Anonymous
First published in 2006, Gun Show Nation could not be more relevant than it is right now. Burbick, a shooter herself, made the rounds of numerous gun shows and NRA gatherings to... Read morePublished on March 28, 2013 by Robert H. Abel
written by a true extreme anti gun liberal under the guise of being a pro gun person.all about the white people oppressing the
black people. gun show info not in this book. Read more
very racist lady. she thinks every white man is a racist and wants to kill all women and minorities. this book i bought for one dollar. Read morePublished on May 19, 2012 by trap shooter
I checked this book out at the library with an open mind, looking to get another viewpoint on the gun-control debate. Read morePublished on January 18, 2012 by Aegis
This book, which might have been an interesting history of American gun culture, is instead a tedious political tract. Read morePublished on December 26, 2010 by Anthony
I believe in the right to self-defense, and the right to carry weapons, and on the left, I find myself very alone a lot of the time in the US. Read morePublished on December 26, 2007 by James Generic
I was aware that this book was a propaganda piece before I read it; so I borrowed it from the library to avoid giving any financial support to the lunatic left. Read morePublished on June 24, 2007 by Loyal resistance