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Given the breathtaking sweep of the material and the prodigious scholarship the author displays in his detailed discusson of civil liberties, police powers, law and national character with respect to guns in Japan, Great Britain, Canada, Switzerland, New Zealand, Australia, Jamaica and the United States, it's surprising and disappointing when, in conclusion, he lamely argues that the best things Americans can do about guns here are eliminate controls and require classes in marksmanship and safety for all gun owners. Kopel, a Denver lawyer, associate policy analyst with the Cato Institute and a technical consultant to the International Wound Ballistics Association, brilliantly delineates the ways in which each nation's unique history has determined how it deals with guns. He defends vigilantism as all-American and necessary, praises the Guardian Angels, claims that many southern civil rights workers of the 1960s were armed and argues that guns are ubiquitous in the inner cities because people need them. He won't convince everyone, but he offers a lot to ponder.
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Having carefully reviewed gun control policies in Japan, Britain, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Jamaica, and Switzerland, Kopel argues, quite accurately, that none provides a useful model for reducing the American crime rate. He concludes that because guns cannot be eradicated, a policy that promotes responsible gun use is more likely to prevent gun misuse. Unfortunately, Kopel spends too much time setting up straw persons at both the anti- and pro-gun extremes and then knocking them down. For a more balanced discussion of the same complicated problem, see The Gun Control Debate: You Decide ( LJ 2/1/91). Not recommended.
- John Broderick, Stonehill Coll., North Easton, Mass.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 470 pages
  • Publisher: Prometheus Books; First Edition edition (August 1, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0879757566
  • ISBN-13: 978-0879757564
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.6 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #868,203 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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David B. Kopel is Research Director of the Independence Institute, a public policy research organization in Denver, Colorado, and is an Associate Policy Analyst with the Cato Institute, in Washington.
He is also an Adjunct Professor of Advanced Constitutional Law at Denver University, Sturm College of Law.
Kopel is one of several contributors to The Volokh Conspiracy, a group weblog of several legal academics, hosted by the Washington Post. From time to time he writes for the Wall Street Journal and other periodicals.
He is the author of 17 books, and over 97 scholarly articles published in journals such as the Harvard Law Review, Yale Law Journal, and Johns Hopkins SAIS Review. His topics include constitutional law, international law, criminal justice, technology, antitrust, media issues, and environmental policy. He has contributed entries to nine academic encyclopedias, and served on the Board of Editors for one.
His research has been cited by the U.S. Supreme Court, many lower federal courts, and state supreme courts.
On March 18, 2008, he appeared before the United States Supreme Court as part of the team presenting the oral argument in District of Columbia v. Heller, the Court's first major case on the Second Amendment since 1939.
Before joining the Independence Institute, he served as an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Colorado, dealing with enforcement of hazardous waste, Superfund, and other environmental laws. In 1998-99, he served as an Adjunct Professor of Law at New York University. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Michigan Law School, and earned a B.A. in History with Highest Honors from Brown University, where his thesis on Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., was awarded the National Geographic Society Prize.
Websites:
Kopel: davekopel.org, kopel.tw (Chinese)
Independence Institute, independenceinstitute.org
Cato Institute: www.cato.org
Twitter: @davekopel

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55 of 58 people found the following review helpful By philip.cook@ucl.ac.uk on November 3, 1998
Format: Hardcover
Of all the political battlefields concerning gun control in America, few have seen more action than the role of guns and gun control in other societies. Kopel's book is therefore one of the most useful texts available on this issue. Kopel gives a far more rigorous analysis than the lobbyists on either side of the debate. This book has been cited in numerous books and law reviews ever since its publication. The scholarly credentials of this work are excellent: each important point is researched and well referenced. As an Englishman, I found his chapter on Great Britain to be accurate and well informed. Definitely a five star book.
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 9, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This is an absolutely excellent resource for anyone interested in the gun-control debate. Mr. Kopel's thesis is that effective gun-control and culture are very tightly linked. Mr. Kopel describes the gun control policies of several countries, puts each in a historical perspective, and discusses why and how well those controls work in their respective countries. He goes on to describe what form of gun-control would be best suited for the United States.
Mr. Kopel's book is superbly researched, very readable, and includes copious references. This is by far the most informative book I've found on the gun-control debate. I recommend it highly.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 10, 1998
Format: Hardcover
Reading this book gave me a reasonably educated understanding of the sociological, historical causes for the differing views among nations on guns, gun control, self-defense and the government's role in the lives of its people. The last three chapters on the U.S. explain a lot about our sense of individualism and the roots of our proud gun tradition. This is a level presentation of an emotional issue. It is that lucid proof that all Second Amendment supporters wish they had been able to make and always knew existed, and it is a reasoned argument capable of changing the position of gun control advocates, if read with an open mind.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 2, 1997
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The insight of gun control in the context of different cultures that Mr. Kopel exposes is very interesting. His argument that blind importation of gun controls is naive and dangerous is well defended, with footnotes supporting his declarations throughout the book. Kopel zig-zags through arguments as if he was representing both sides of the gun control debate, often trashing American anti-gun advocates; given his rational and objective approach, he had no choice. He concludes with suggestions of gun control policies that take the American culture into account. The book is bound to be loved by gun owners and hated by Ms. Brady and Co., an expected outcome for a work that puts emotions and politics aside and helps destroy the myth that criminality will be reduced by disarming the law abiding.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By M. Quon on December 31, 2003
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I picked up this book to provide some insight on gun control issues and history, and was very pleased to learn more than expected. The laws and history were very well documented, and the book was sequenced in a manner that allowed the reader to absorb information without being overwhelmed. Cultural and legal discussions abound, and were a very important supplement to the core of the discussion.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Glenn H. Reynolds on February 9, 1998
Format: Hardcover
This book explodes many myths on both sides of the gun-control debate. Refreshingly free of cant and political posturing, it's no surprise that it has become the standard work in the field. If you want to understand the subject, you must read it.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 25, 1998
Format: Hardcover
I found the info on the various country's approach to gun control very informative, and the novel approach to the underlying causes to be a refreshing change to the regular guns bad/guns good argument. It is a bit out of date for the absolute latest in guncontrol laws, as far as British, Canadian, and Austrailian situations go; however, he has predicted the paths that they might follow quite accurately. Would love to see a follow up book on some other countries such as Israel, USSR/Russia(and other east bloc countries).
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