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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: MacFarlane Press; First edition (July 4, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0976863308
  • ISBN-13: 978-0976863304
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.4 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,274,111 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"...essential reading for anyone who is a serious firearms civil rights activist." "...some of the most valuable and important writing related to the right to keep and bear arms over a 40-year period." "...your single most important history lesson on gun rights." --Joseph P. Tartaro in Gun Week, October 1, 2009, p. 15

About the Author

From 1966 until his death in 2005, Neal Knox was close to, and usually directly involved in, every significant happening in the American debate over gun rights.

In a career that progressed from newspaper reporter and part-time gun writer, to gun magazine publisher, to the head of the National Rifle Association's lobby, and on to senior status as "the conscience of the gun rights movement," Neal Knox was the often-unacknowledged architect of the modern American gun rights movement.

Collected here for the first time in a single volume is a generous helping of the writing that cemented his reputation -- and helped to save the Second Amendment.


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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By P. loynd on July 17, 2009
Format: Paperback
Neal Knox was a writer of some reknown, known mainly among the firearms crowd. This collection of his columns compiled and edited by his sons provides a glimpse of the man and the ideals for which he lived. The book can be considered a historical document, but still remains contemporary in an environment that increasingly seems to want to reduce individual liberty and responsibility by shovelling them onto the shoulders of a government growing daily larger, as we the people seem to diminish in the rear view mirror.
I had to get my copies from the Firearms Coalition website, but look forward to getting a few more to pass around from Amazon.
Read- and remember.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Joe D on March 24, 2010
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If there was a controversial or an extremist Neal Knox, he is absent from The Gun Rights War. Instead, a reader will find a very talented, principled man who wrote, spoke and acted with a great deal of integrity. Knox's opposition was treated respectfully and his own points of principal were stated logically and with clarity. His comments are measured and devoid of the petty name calling and character assassination that have often replaced substantial, intelligent and civil debate in this country.

A colorful history lesson...
One of the reasons many people will not spend time researching or understanding historical events is that the material is often presented in a boring, biased and/or misleading manner. Fortunately, this is not the case with this book. Neal Knox's writings, compiled and annotated by his son Chris Knox as The Gun Rights War is generally chronologically organized, always insightful, very precisely written, and colorful and interesting in presentation. Neal Knox's skillful writing, his unyielding support of the Second Amendment and his outstanding work on behalf of the NRA should earn him a place in the hearts and minds of those who love freedom and/or firearms and anyone who believes in the preservation of all that is guaranteed under the Constitution.

Some material in The Gun Rights War carries a political theme, some stories are human interest and humorous, some are excellent at defining complex personalities in complex settings. Common to all is enough detail to assure the author's authenticity and first hand knowledge of the individuals, places and events presented.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Shan Wilkins on February 9, 2010
Format: Paperback
Neal Knox is a Must Read for anyone pretending to understand the Gun Rights Movement. Neal managed to piss off just about everybody in Washington - friends and foes alike - with his absolute NO COMPROMISE stance on the Second Amendment. An amazing historical snapshot of the roots of the Gun Rights Movement, from the man who created the "Powerhouse Gun Lobby" and the GrassRoots Movement that saved the 2nd Amendment. He hired fledgling lobbyist Wayne LaPierre, and taught him to shoot - although no one has ever been able to teach LaPierre to be a straight shooter. This book covers 40 years - sometimes funny, sometimes victorious, sometimes disheartening, but always instructional and informative. This book will give you the insight, understanding, inspiration, and impetus you need to become the most effective GrassRoots lobbyist you be!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Gun Politics Blog on December 6, 2012
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For folks who have been following the gun rights fight for an extended period of time the name Neal Knox is probably already familiar and what Chris Knox has done is compiled some of the best articles his father wrote into this text in chronological order with minor foot notes.

That said if you are just beginning to look into how we got to where we are today with regard to gun control and gun rights this will give you a solid understanding of what it took as well as providing a foundation from which to learn more. There are plenty of folks on both sides of the gun rights/control debate who were less than fond of Neal Knox but he didn't pull his punches or compromise his principles and both of these factors are clear as you read his articles in this text.

Regardless of where you stand on gun rights this book is well worth the purchase price and is organized in an easy to read manner.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By TANSTAAFL on October 9, 2012
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If you want to understand the legal foundations and political nuances of the gun rights movement over the past half-century, and the personalities of those who have shaped it, this is the book for you. If you are looking for a safe, sanitized summary of LaPierre/NRA talking points, you may want to try elsewhere.

Knox was an uncompromising Second Amendment purist, incisive in his assessment of the trends and players of his day. Many recent gun rights victories have their origin in his shrewdness and prescience.

This compilation of Neal Knox's articles and letters is well-organized and annotated by Neal's son, Chris Knox. The editor succeeds by providing necessary updates and clarifications without attempting to reframe or restate the issues.

Neal Knox's writings speak for themselves in this volume. He was a man of talent and principle. He treated his opponents honorably and argued his points vigorously and fairly. If you want to understand and advocate for gun rights, buy this book and read it. Then pass a copy to your like-minded friends.
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