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Journalist Brown and attorney Abel make a compelling case against the stranglehold the National Rifle Association exerts over attempts to introduce firearms regulation. With Congress and many state legislatures in the NRA's back pocket, activists ask, what is a reformer to do? According to Wendell Gauthier, the flamboyant Louisiana attorney who played a key role in suing tobacco companies, the plaintiffs' bar serves as a de facto "fourth branch" of government, achieving by litigation what lobbying prevents through legislation. The authors chronicle Gauthier's last crusade (Abel was a partner of the now deceased lawyer) against America's firearms manufacturers. The book describes how policy is shaped in the legislatures and courtrooms of the country, and the picture is unsettling. As portrayed by the authors, the process is characterized by equal doses of cynicism, ego, pragmatism and money. The story begins in New Orleans with the murder of gospel singer Raymond Myles, which spurred Mayor Marc Morial and Gauthier to initiate the first civil action by a municipality against gun manufacturers. Yet this book is ultimately a story of the NRA's profound political influence. Although some subsequent civil suits against guns remain active, most have been dismissed. Furthermore, as the authors recount, a settlement negotiated with gun manufacturer Smith & Wesson by the Clinton administration has been eviscerated by the Bush administration. While hardly a model of journalistic objectivity, the book presents a lively take on how business does, or doesn't, get done in the legislatures of the country.
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It is no secret that gun control has been one of the most controversial political issues in the U.S. for the past several decades. What is less well known, however, is the extent of the dirty dealing that is commonly associated with this hot-button issue. Investigative reporter Brown and attorney Abel have chronicled the battle of the group of attorneys suing the gun industry and the NRA for "knowingly manufacturing and marketing lethal machines to criminals." The Castono Gun Litigation Group has initiated more than 33 city-based lawsuits against the powerful gun industry. During the course of this investigative account of these legal battles, the authors expose a wealth of information detailing NRA strong-arm tactics and the suppression of damaging information by the ever-secretive gun industry. This chilling account will add fuel to the already hot nationwide debate about guns. Margaret Flanagan
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First of all, this book is outdated Bloomberg spent more money promoting gun control in a year than the NRA spent in 10 years. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Bulworth
This book must be written by foreigners not familiar with the American way of life. They did not even do their basic research on American History. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Big Mike 0311
excellent analysis of the political forces behind the defeat of gun reform in this country. After Columbine, the country (as after the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary) was ready... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Robert C. Hastings
This book is truly one of the worst I've read. Completely full of mis=leading half truths and out right lies. Take a past and save your moneyPublished on January 18, 2011 by Uncle Charlie
I think I'll hold pencil manufacturers responsible for any bad grades I received in high school. Does anyone actually take these premises seriously?Published on October 20, 2009 by Little Known Blogger
Besides all the incorrect and alarmist-type rhetoric these two people spout out, it's just "Business As Usual" from the anti-gun lobby. Read morePublished on August 4, 2008 by Pat Nava
I doubt any of the unfavorable reviewers read more than the excerpts provided on Amazon. Coming from a long line of hunters and sportmen, I cannot buy into this nra foolishness. Read morePublished on July 28, 2006 by E. M. Needham
Granted, this is a book written from a point of view, but the lack of intellectual honesty displayed within is sufficient justification to look elsewhere for understanding.Published on August 16, 2005 by Amazon Customer
--scuzzball ambulance chasers,flush with success after the tobacco "victory" go for guns. Disappointingly, they find a much smaller pot of money is available but go ahead... Read morePublished on April 13, 2003 by G W Knappmiller