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Making A Killing Hardcover – February 1, 1999
"The Black Presidency"
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I graduated from the University of Florida (BA Pol. Sci. 1962)(Go Gators!) and Georgetown University Law Center (1972, editor, Law Journal). I've followed a wandering career course, practiced law in and out of government, became a journalist and ended up serving six years as assistant managing editor at the very conservative The Washington Times newspaper in Washington. My guru was the former editor-in-chief Arnaud de Borchgrave, a true professional whose passion was and is journalism and truth, not ideology. I also reported from Central America, Russia, India, Pakistan and the first Gulf War before leaving The Times. I then spent two years at a small think tank in Washington studying terrorism and international organized crime, and from there went to work in 1993 (following the first WTC bombing attack) as a Democratic counsel to the U.S. House of Representatives Crime Subcommittee, where I worked on legislation and hearings involving terrorism and firearms.
I currently work part-time at the nonprofit Violence Policy Center in Washington. I sought out this work and center after I was converted from an NRA partisan to a gun control advocate based on what I learned about the predatory American gun industry while serving on "the Hill." The rest of my time I devote to projects involving the study of crime, terrorism, and history.
I used to be a "Scoop Jackson Democrat" politically, but today I am decidely non-partisan---I find little competence, honesty, or source of inspiration in either "organized party."
Top Customer Reviews
If you want to understand why an organization of mostly reasonable hunters and other responsible gun owners (The NRA) fights basic, common sense regulations supported by 80% of the people, follow the money.
I was unaware of the ways that gun manufacturers exploit ties to law enforcement agencies. After much lobbying to insure the criminals have access to high-power, compact weapons, they then go to the police to get them to trade in their six-shooters for pistols. Gun manufacturers then buy the old guns and re-sell them, where they often wind-up in the wrong hands (146-148). The conclusion is clear: the gun industry intends to make its money by selling to both sides of the domestic arms race that they have largely created. For anyone who ever wondered why the NRA and other groups have advocated the most illogical and ineffective gun laws imaginable, it is because they have an interest ($$) in making sure criminals are armed.
Diaz's analysis of the recent push to liberalize CCW (concealed carry weapon) legislation nationwide confirmed my suspicions.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is as far left as propaganda can get. Obvious Marxist/Leninist/Fascist anti freedom propaganda. For the well indoctrinated only.Published on December 1, 2009 by FDH
This is nothing more than deception and lies in an attempt to garner more support for anti gun goons who would rather criminals kill you and your family than give you the freedom... Read morePublished on September 18, 2009 by Joseph B. Gadberry
the % of crimes committed with LEGALLY purchased firearms is practically nonexistent and more people are killed every year by accidentally falling down stairs than are accidentally... Read morePublished on July 16, 2009 by Kevin K
Well I am starting this review off by proudly stating that I am a proud American gun owner who is also a member of the NRA and a strong supporter of our 2nd amendment rights! Read morePublished on June 27, 2009 by Shawn Kovacich
As a gun owner, member of the NRA, and believer in the need for new gun legislation that keeps guns in the hands of "responsible" citizens, this book was a great read. Read morePublished on June 24, 2009 by J. Solis
That is, the Amazon.com review. I haven't even read the book. Just wanted to check out the reviews. And the first thing I read is this, "Guns are responsible for about 36,000... Read morePublished on March 14, 2005 by Amazon Customer
I will keep this short. I am a criminologist researcher I have done research over this subject for over 20 years. I would have to say that is book is false. Read morePublished on June 8, 2004
Never have I read A book so steeped in blatant misinformation than this.
Your statistical breakdown regarding gun deaths falls very short of what most of us call... Read more
Tom Diaz works as a propagandist at the anti-gunrights/anti-freedom/anti-capitalist "Violence Policy Center" in Washington D.C. Read morePublished on July 13, 2003 by Chasimodo