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Guns Gone Wild (Kindle Single) [Kindle Edition]

Dan Baum , Margaret Knox
2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)

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You wouldn't know it to look at current sales figures, but the gun business is in deep, long-term trouble. Young people have no discernible interest in firearms. They want to be urban and digital, and guns are the exact opposite. Lots of guns are being sold, but they're being sold to the same shrinking group of white, rural, middle-aged men. Twenty years from now, American gun culture could be all but gone.
One gun is bucking the trend: the AR-15, the civilian version of the military's M-16. It's the only gun with a visible consumer future; it's the lifeline to which the gun business clings. This black-plastic rifle has the potential to upend not only our national gun culture, but our national gun politics.

Editorial Reviews Review

At a shooting range in Denver, Dan Baum is introduced to America's most popular gun, the AR-15. Classified as a "modern sporting rifle" (a euphemism for assault rifle), the AR-15 is the semi-automatic, civilian version of the military's M-16. It's easy to see why the AR-15 is so popular. It can be modified and tricked out with different scopes, sights, and barrels--even the caliber can be changed. From his conversations with gun-store owners and enthusiasts, Baum identifies the same techie enthusiasm you find in a lot of hobbies. Baum, a former New Yorker staff writer and author of Hurricane Katrina narrative Nine Lives, unpacks gun tradition, the uncertain future of the industry ("If buying habits hold steady, the gun business will be all but gone in about twenty years"), and the twisty political implications of gun ownership. Guns Gone Wild is a swift, percipient look at American gun culture and commerce. --Kevin Nguyen

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  • File Size: 122 KB
  • Print Length: 26 pages
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  • Language: English
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68 of 90 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Seriously? September 18, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Seriously? I just became interested in firearms for the second time in my life. As a young girl I used to shoot with my Dad and brother. Now as an adult woman I truly enjoy going to the range. I am not the stereo typical gun person. Not only that, I run into people from all over the country from all walks of life while I am at the range.

This book is not based on hard facts. By the way, the AR is not just a black plastic riffle. LOL.
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44 of 58 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Biased Publication September 20, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
The author is hell bent on stereo-typing responsible gun owners into certain races, political affiliations and has an all too obvious motive: reduce the number of gun owners. An assault rifle is a firearm capable of fully automatic fire. An AR-15 is a semi-automatic rifle only, it does not shoot full auto. The term sporting rifle is not a euphemism for assault rifle, this is what the media, and Dan Baum, have gotten incorrectly for decades.
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26 of 36 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Take the time to read it! September 20, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I'm a gun guy. I get tired of having defend my love of guns to people who will never understand it, just like I will never understand people who love art, antique French furniture, and the opera. The main problem with discussions about guns is they tend to be be very visceral and can rapidly descend to arguments where neither side is willing to look at any of the opposing viewpoints. Been guilty of that myself on occasion. I think that most of the people who gave Baum's short a bad score didn't even bother to read it. During the course of research for a yet to be published book on guns Baum took the time and effort to drive 15,000 miles and talk to gun owners, sellers, manufacturers, and organizations on both side of the debate; Brady and the NSSF. He says that he understands the lure and lore of guns and even takes the time to explain the difference between a semi-auto hunting rifle and a weapon most people would consider an assault rifle just by looking at it, the AR-15 - which is none. His conversation with Dennis Henigan of Brady is revealing enough to be worth the price of the book all by itself.
As a gun guy I found the book to be level, unbiased and well worth the price; buy it, read it!
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53 of 75 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not worth the dollar September 18, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Mr. Baum has done nothing but perpetuate stereotypes and fear of lawful activities. He lumps gun owning law abiding citizens in with criminals. Baum's research on his book is left wanting. Shooting Sports have made a huge comeback and the firearms business is stable and growing. One of the largest and fastest growing groups interested in firearms and personal defense specifically are adult women. Mr. Baum would have been better served to research last years FBI UCR reports before publishing.
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30 of 43 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Hit piece, error filled September 18, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
The "author" and I use that term loosely, made the rounds on internet firearms board, trying to bait members into admitting to crimes, that they did not commit.

Instead of trying to gather research the honest way, he chose the slimy route.

His book is a left wing, error filled hit piece, filled with facts that he has changed to fit his "yellow" style of writing.

If this was a real book, with pages, it still would not be worthy to line a bird cage with.
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20 of 29 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Save your dollar September 19, 2011
By Razor
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
There is plenty liberal slant anti-gun garabage out on the Internet you can read for free. Don't waste your dollar here.

9/21 Addition
The original short review above was painfully written (several times) on my Kindle. I accidentally kept hitting the back button and deleting my text. Thus the abbreviated review. Now that I have some extra time at home I'll take an extra few minutes to elaborate and make Sean happy.

What I meant by "anti-gun" is that this article is condescending to AR-15 owners and the gun community. While I don't own an AR or plan to, those that do are portrayed as something just shy of an educated idiot, happy to be spending hundreds if not thousands of dollars on a gun so the can be like the soldier he saw on the evening news.... Completely ignoring how popular 1911's are along with the current generation of Glock's, XD's, M&P's, etc.)

I found the writing to be a bit snarky and have a hard time believing many of the conversations took place as how they were written. I've yet to talk to anyone recently in the industry whining about "slow times". Try to find .380 ammo anywhere and you'll see what I mean...

Also the adjectives used tell a lot, the "roly poly" kid who likes to lick his "plump lips" while talking about his AR, is hardly a flattering description of the owner. Compare that to the description of Dennis Henigan from the Brady Center, "typically depicted by the NRA and its allies as the anti-Christ, is a mild, stoop-shouldered man of 60, with an enviable head of hair". I'll leave it up to you to take a guess on who's projected to be the sensible person and who is the gun nut with money burning a hole in his pocket. Oops did I just give the answer away?
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18 of 26 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars It's a buck for a reason September 20, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Mr. Baum's "book" is poorly researched and poorly written to the point of being laughable. You don't have to waste a dollar to prove this though. One of the claims in the product description, "Lots of guns are being sold, but they're being sold to the same shrinking group of white, rural, middle-aged men." can be disproven in 30 seconds with a simple internet search. The gun industry in this country generates tens of billions of dollars in sales yearly, and gun ownership continues to grow every year.

This "book" is full of nonsense like this, made up facts and baseless conclusions. Junk "research" of the worst kind.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars A bit to pro gun\
This was a bit too pro gun for my comfort and taste. I vastly preferred Stephen Kings GUNS to this.
Published 13 months ago by Tim Ivers
1.0 out of 5 stars So What
lacks any depth. need 17 more words? blah,blah,blah,blah,blah,blah
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blah,blah,blah,blah,blah,blah,blah. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Cotton
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast Read
This is more of a magazine length article, but worth the 99 cent price. A good indication to the same author's forthcoming book.
Published on February 26, 2013 by john messina
5.0 out of 5 stars An honest look at guns
An honest discussion about guns and the folks that use them. Don't be put off by the negative reviews the article revived from gun users, who seem to be their own worst PR folks. Read more
Published on February 26, 2013 by Frank Eichenlaub
4.0 out of 5 stars guns gone wild
Published on February 19, 2013 by ricksbro
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Book
Before buying this book I read many of the same reviews you likely have also read before coming to mine. Read more
Published on January 3, 2013 by Speedy
4.0 out of 5 stars Don't buy into the gun fanboys' negative reviews.
I enjoyed reading this piece. But what really struck me was the negative comments from a vitriolic and reactionary cohort of gun owners. Read more
Published on January 10, 2012 by Stephen Dublanica
1.0 out of 5 stars Guns Gone Wild
I could not get past the product description. If a simple thing like a description could become an unsubstantiated lie, a personal political opinion, that tells you what the entire... Read more
Published on December 26, 2011 by GEH
3.0 out of 5 stars Not anti-gun, but not pro gun either
The writer, in my opinion is not anti-gun per say nor is he pro-gun either. I actually like many aspects of this article; the changing demographics of gun buyers and their buying... Read more
Published on December 1, 2011 by T. Riordan
5.0 out of 5 stars Honest and Informative
This is a great piece for anyone who wants to discover what's going on in the world of gun sales and ownership these days. Read more
Published on October 31, 2011 by Eugene F Dillon Jr
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More About the Author

I'm a writer of non-fiction, the author of Gun Guys: A Road Trip (Knopf, 2013); Nine Lives: Death and Life in New Orleans (Spiegel & Grau, 2009); Smoke and Mirrors: The War on Drugs and the Politics of Failure (Little, Brown 1996); and Citizen Coors: An American Dynasty (Morrow/HarperCollins, 2000). I've been a staff writer for the New Yorker, and have written for Rolling Stone, Playboy, the New York Times Magazine and many others. I work with my wife, Margaret Knox, and we live in Boulder, Colorado. You can read about us -- and avail yourself of our editing and writing coaching -- at,, or

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