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Gunfight: The Battle over the Right to Bear Arms in America Hardcover – September 19, 2011
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A succinct and fascinating introduction to the legal and historical issues at the heart of the gun debate. --Eric Arnesen, professor of history at George Washington University and fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars"
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The book also does Clayton a real disservice by completely ignoring his role in the Bellesiles episode.
From the first hand knowledge that I have about the Heller and McDonald cases, it is very clear that Adam also got much of that recent history wrong.
The book's discussion of my own work on concealed handguns is littered with inaccuracies, but one can see what Winkler does to Cramer research as a warning for how facts can be reversed in this book. In my case, at best Winkler didn't read the first edition of More Guns, Less Crime very carefully (he doesn't cite either the second and third editions) -- this is only a problem given that he is writing about the debate over my research.
I recently debated Adam on KPCC, a public radio station in Southern California. A copy of the interview as well as some of my comments on a few obviously incorrect claims by Adam are available on my website here [...]
Winkler starts with case of District of Columbia v. Heller as it is about to be announced by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2008, and he then describes how the case was conceived, litigated, and finally decided. District of Columbia v. Heller is the case in which the Supreme Court held for the first time that the Second Amendment protects individual ownership of firearms and in which the District of Columbia's prohibition on private ownership of handguns was struck down as unconstitutional. As Winkler goes through the history of the case, he weaves in valuable historical context for the adoption of the Second Amendment to the Constitution of the United States and early gun control measures, why they were adopted, and the development of the NRA's policy on the Second Amendment (its vociferousness is recent, dating to the late seventies).
The book is devoid of the aspersions on one faction or another that are so common in books on gun control. Winkler so fairly and accurately outlines the point of view of each faction in the debate over gun control that when he describes your point of view (whatever that may be) you can say "Yeah, he got that right!" and when he describes that of those you don't agree with, you can say it again.Read more ›
Really, Winkler walks on eggshells the whole book not to come down on one side or the other concerning this debate. It's pretty hard to contort the information in this book into a recommendation for gun control. To say that such an analysis screams of bias in an understatement.
P.S. This review was written by an owner of multiple firearms (of the extremely "tactical" variety).
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Opened my mind to both sides of the gun debate but did not persuade me to buy a weapon for self-protection. Read morePublished 20 days ago by Wendy Altman
Well researched, balanced with extensive historical context and perspective. Engaging writing. Brought 2nd Amendment, Pro-gun and gun control issues into perspective. Read morePublished 1 month ago
Disguised as scholarship, Gun Fight is unabashed propaganda for the NRA. It could not be more supportive of the NRA's extremist sociopathic position if Wayne LaPierre had written... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Rande W. Scarbrough
In Mr. Winkler's introduction, you get a clear understanding where the book is heading when he writes, "... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Franklin the Mouse
Well worth the money, especially if you are a gun freak like I am, and want a better understanding of the 2d Amendment than provided by the NRA. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Big-T
A fascinating read! There is quite a lot of interesting information in here. The beginnings of gun control, in the South and "Old West" of all places. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Noldor