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The Last Gun: How Changes in the Gun Industry Are Killing Americans and What It Will Take to Stop It Hardcover – April 2, 2013


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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: New Press, The; First Edition edition (April 2, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595588302
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595588302
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.4 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #824,744 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"In his eminently readable style, mixing science and anecdote, Diaz shows how our leaders have created gun policies that are good for the gun industry but horrific for our nation. He also describes solutions worthy of the name. What a timely book!"
—David Hemenway, Professor of Health Policy, Harvard School of Public Health

"Diaz once again reveals what the firearms-industrial complex doesn’t want the public to know, while refusing to spare politicians and the media for their complicity in the cover-up…This book should be required reading for policy makers at every level and for every American fed up with the massacre of 30,000 people a year."
—Andrew Fois, Deputy Attorney General, Public Safety Division, Washington, D.C.

"Through a gripping narrative that combines plenty of factual data with compelling storytelling, Diaz makes the convincing case that the gun industry is knowingly trading American lives for profits…After the tragedy of Newtown, if you are going to read one book to understand the current political fight in Washington, this is it."
—Joshua Horwitz, Executive Director, Coalition to Stop Gun Violence

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I was born into a military family and raised largely in the American South, where I learned to shoot in the Boy Scouts and was on a rifle team in high school. I served in the Air National Guard as a small arms specialist and in the Army National Guard as an anti-tank platoon leader. Worked for the Department of Defense (Advanced Research Projects Agency) in Thailand for a while during the Vietnam War. I also served three years as a District of Columbia Police Department reserve officer.

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."

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His very thorough, well researched book is excellent.
C. Gordon
Mr. Diaz in this extremely well written and researched book argues that gun violence is a public safety issue and not only the right to bear arms.
Ed Suffian
Doesn't look like either of those things are happening from where I am sitting.
Hesperus

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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Hanagin on July 21, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I struggled on this rating. At times, this was a 4-star book; at others, it dipped down to a 1-star or a 2-star book. In the end, because I thought his recommendations were well-considered and sensible ways to shift the national paradigm around gun violence/control, I decided 3 stars is appropriate.

A couple things first, as I feel I'm coming at this book from a different place than the other reviewers. I teach high school English. In two of my senior courses, I address some of the basic rhetorical devices for writing and media and I also teach the documentary film "Bowling for Columbine" which, among other things, addresses gun control and violence. Because of this, I had an interest is seeing both what Diaz had to say and how he'd say it. Next, I'm not personally anti-gun. I grew up with them, although I have never purchased one and do not keep any in my home. I'm also NOT an NRA member, but, given my family and some friends, I understand--to an extent--the pro-gun perspective.

At its basic level, I didn't like the book's organization or style. I think Diaz should suggest his solution first and then explain why--it'd make it much easier to evaluate his points in turn, regardless of one's initial approach to the subject. Next, the author's choice of words often bothered me. Clearly, he is passionate. However, using words like "ilk" and "minions" when describing those on the opposite side of the argument was a little classless. Also, his choice of dwelling in detail on several cases personally bothered me. I'm not a fan of the use of pathos in general, much less using the suffering of others to win the argument. More than anything, so many of these cases did not feel like simply a problem of guns.
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By MrApple on June 24, 2014
Format: Hardcover
So the author pushes the fact that there have been 1.3 million gun deaths since 1960 which supposedly demands our attention and action; making reducing gun violence a moral imperative. And yet not a peep about the 1.21 million aborted each year in the US. The anti-gun crowd will NEVER hold the moral high ground on this debate as long as they continue their support of the death of millions via abortion each and every year in the US.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Stuart A. Johnston on May 10, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
The problem with this book is that the author is obviously biased towards the anti-gun groups. Why isn't he going after doctors? After all, you are five times more likely to die from malpractice than from the illegal use of a gun. The same could be said about cars, so the author should be trying to ban doctors and cars. oh, and in England where they have strict gun laws, you are 16 times more likely to be a victim of a violent crime as the groups of thugs run around and jump innocent victims because they cannot arm themselves.
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11 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Gary Mauser on November 6, 2013
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This is an emotional book targeting the fearful. Written in a breathless style, it conveys little that's new. Diaz rehashes old claims by public health activists about guns that have been refuted by criminologists. He urges greater restrictions on gun owners to combat the conspiracy that Diaz sees between "the gun industry" and the NRA.

Diaz opens by comparing the 31,076 Americans "killed by guns" in 2010 with the 5,586 killed by terrorists since 1969. While intended to shock, two-thirds (19,392) of these deaths were suicides. The phrase "killed by guns" doesn't seem appropriate for suicides. Only one-third (11,078) were murders, and a minuscule 2% (606) accidents. A catchall term like "killed by guns" inhibits analysis because, by muddling suicides with murders, it glosses over important differences in motivation. If raw numbers matter, many more Americans in 2010 died from heart disease (2.5 million), automobile accidents (35,332), or suicide involving any method (38,364).

Diaz assumes that if guns were harder to get, suicides and murders would dwindle. This is astoundingly naďve. Normal people don't commit murderer or suicide because a gun is handy. Guns certainly can be misused, but they can also be used for good. Police carry guns. Armed citizens stop crime, defend themselves and arrest criminals. Hunters provide for their families. Interpol Secretary General Ronald Noble recently suggested that arming civilians might be the most effective approach to stopping terrorist attacks like September's deadly al-Shabab murder spree at a shopping mall in Nairobi, Kenya.

Diaz claims that American murder rates have increased because gun manufacturers have promoted powerful "military-style" guns. The facts undercut his claim.
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4 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Hesperus on December 22, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
I could say that this book is incredibly biased, I could say that the author is a bit too wordy. Especially by modern American standards. I could say that the author is, in my opinion mentally ill.

But what really gets me is that if you actually go to the endnotes you will see that the references mostly lead back to the Violence Policy Center. Which is hardly going to be an unbiased source for anything. This book comes from a weird little world where the media doesn't blame inanimate objects for criminal use and the gun industry itself is dying a slow painful death. Doesn't look like either of those things are happening from where I am sitting.

Also, just in case the author ever reads this review. The purpose of a military is not to defend the innocent. It is not to act as a police force. It exists to destroy property and kill people, preferably large numbers of people.
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