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on December 16, 2007
If "Castle Rock" and "Warren v DC" don't mean anything to you, start with Chapter 8; that's where Workman and Gottlieb review the fact that the police have no responsibility to provide you with any protection. This has been affirmed in court after court up through the Supreme Court.

With that as context, the remainder of the book gives the reader in a very engaging format a combination of scholarly works and anecdotal evidence that American can protect themselves from crime when allowed to.

The book provides evidence that right-to-carry laws have not led to the blood in the streets that many said. It shows that the lifting of the "Assault Weapons Ban" (sic) did not lead to an explosion in crime.

It also provides references to studies which show that gun control laws do not make any different in violent crime levels (a CDC study), and that, shockingly, criminals don't follow gun laws (a Department of Justice study).

Independent of which side of the gun debate you are on, this should be required reading so you can make an informed decision.
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on December 11, 2007
Reading this book is as though Workman and Gottlieb opened and read my own mind. Straight facts, no PETA like hyperbole, No Sarah Bradyish cries of WOLF!

There is an old joke that says "Liberal is a conservative waiting to be mugged." Personally, I didn't have to have the mugging before I realized I will never again allow myself to be disarmed. This book should be required reading in EVERY school in this country.

For Conservatives, this one is a dead on sermon to the believers. Now we need to target this book to every one of those in the "waiting to be mugged" line. We should also be demanding accountability from EVERY every public, appointed or elected official that allows such laws and criminal behaviors to continue. If a business wishes to disarm it's patrons, then the store should held accountable and responsible if one of those patrons is injured (or worse) by such policy.

It's time to remove the criminals from our society. It's time to remove the legislative criminals who allow such to occur from our society as well.

It's time, We the People have had enough of both sorts of criminal.
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on December 23, 2007
If Mr. Hayhoe is any indication of the educational level of what is leading the anti-gun crowd in Florida, can the rank and file members even find the "On" button on their computers?

With multiple misspelled words and tense errors (that means the subject and the verb don't agree, Arthur), and knee-jerk platitudes with no methodology or statistics to back his "arguements" (correct spelling is "arguments," Arthur), Mr. Hayhoe weakens his indefensible conclusions even further with poor syntax and an obvious unfamiliarity with the written word.

Some good advice, Arthur: Before you go challenging a book which has multiple statistical studies of its premise, you should first acquaint yourself with the spell-check feature on your computer.

But then, if you aren't going to familiarize yourself with studies whose methodology has been unchallenged, how could anyone expect you to worry about how foolish you would look ranting and abusing the English language?

Tsk. Tsk. Arthur. Next time, bring your brain--or at least a dictionary.

(Gordon Hutchinson is the author--with Todd Masson--of "THE GREAT NEW ORLEANS GUN GRAB," an expose' of the gun confiscation scandal in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, and "THE QUEST AND THE QUARRY," a novel of hunting and family in the deep South.)The Great New Orleans Gun Grab


The authors have assembled a comprehensive collection of citizen use of firearms in personal self-defense. Each page of this book tells stories of lives saved through the legal use of firearms. Each page expounds the authors' belief that the 21st century is a violent age, police are reactive forces that come after a crime has occurred, and smart citizens arm themselves and become proficient with their firearms.

In one of the most telling quotes on the age in which we live, the authors state on page 23: "...violence does not erupt on schedule and criminals do not make appointments in advance."

It is for this reason, the most popular feature in all National Rifle Association magazines is the "Armed Citizen." This section recreates incidents of citizens defending their lives with firearms. And it is the first feature most readers turn to when they open the pages of any NRA publication.

"American Fights Back--Armed Self Defense in a Violent Age" reads like an expanded "Armed Citizen," with hundreds of stories of citizens saving lives with guns contained within its heavily researched 200 pages.

This book has become my most consistent reference in a large library of gun-rights and firearms activist books and publications. And it would be equally important to any gunowner by proving that "Nanny-Statist" theories the police will protect you will never work. The only people who will survive an armed encounter with a societal predator are those who are likewise armed.

These are the stories you rarely see in the media--the stories of the victims who fought back, and because they had a gun, survived. In hundreds of stories the authors describe the thugs who attempted to rob, rape, or kill innocent victims who, because they had a gun, turned out to be not so helpless--and stopped the attack on themselves or someone else.

This is an important book, and one that should be in the library of every gun owner serious about protecting his God-given right of self defense and personally arming himself.

Get "America Fights Back," and add it to your library. It will make you a wiser and more defensive gun owner, and a more vigilant defender of your rights. And it will give you a ready arsenal of answers the next time someone tries to tell you why we shouldn't be armed.
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on January 22, 2008
This book offsets the pervasive lie that firearms are rarely used in self defense. In fact, several university-level studies have shown that guns are used in self defense as many as three million times each year in the U.S.

It's a hoot that Authur Hayhoe of the Florida Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, an anti-gun rights group, would post a a negative review (complete with misspellings)

If you wonder whether people actually do use guns to protect themselves and their families, read this book! From their own mouths, people describe how they were able to save their lives as well as the lives of family members, because they had a legal firearm.

The "Flat Earth Society" anti-gun rights folks like to pretend this isn't true, but real reports such as in this book ring true. If people are doing it, it's hard to convince the public that it never happens.
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on December 26, 2007
I'll admit I likely would never have read this book if my husband hadn't put it on my "required reading list". I'd read one other of Dave Workman's books on my own (about PETA), so I was familiar with the name and writing style.

I was not a gun person when we met, point in fact, I was a pacifist and and ambivalent, if not anti-gun. Having associated with my husband's family and the ranch (three miles from the border), my viewpoint changed relatively quickly, I had Geoffrey teach me to shoot.

After several border incidents, I am a complete convert, and America Fights Back is a perfect expression of how I feel about the subject
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on January 12, 2008
I picked this book up based upon a recommendation at an "open carry" web site. I am a gun owner and have always understood that the Constitution protects my individual right to own and carry a firearm. However, I thought it might be good to read a contemporary book on the issue and found these authors presentation of the current state of the debate refreshing. They weave in a fantastic review of real life stories of those who exercised their right to defend themselves and others.

The author addresses all of those trite sound bites we so frequently hear trotted out by the liberal papers and "mainstream" media outlets universally opposed to firearms. Both of the authors are consummate professionals in the firearms business and active in the defense of our second amendment right.

I must admit, the most poignant thing I learned from this book is just how often American citizens use firearms for self defense and the defense of others. Even when exercised, our right to defend ourselves is never noted in the media. So many of us have lost the collective individualism (sounds odd, but it works - each American a self reliant individual yet working together as one nation) that made this nation the most powerful in the world.

If you aren't a gun owner, after reading this book you may become one.
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on November 27, 2007
America Fights Back: Armed Self-defense in a Violent Age
America Fights Back Armed Self-defense in a Violent Age in an excellent resourse for anyone interested in self defense. Alan Gottlieb and Dave Workman of the Second Amendment Foundation have done heroic research in the defensive use of the handgun.

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on January 30, 2008
In case you don't know who wrote the only negative review:

"Arthur Hayhoe is the executive director of a group calling itself the Florida Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, Inc., a well funded anti-gun organization that has received grant funding from the extremist Americans for Gun Safety. AGS is a Trojan horse gun control group that has had to change its name to the less-onerous "Third Way" in order to keep fooling people about its mission. Americans for Gun Safety is bankrolled by millionaire anti-gunner Andrew McKelvey, former board member of Handgun Control, Inc., which became the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. Connect the dots!"
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on December 2, 2007
Alan Gottlieb and Dave Workman have done a great job putting this book together. It is very readable and it is one of those books that is hard to put down once you begin -- much like a good novel. Giving many examples of true life encouters, they tie them well to the points they are making. Although I admit that my reading this books amounts to Gottlieb and Workman "preaching to the choir," this choir member can use all the "ammo" he can get. Purchase this book, read it, and then pass it along to others, especially those who have not so clearly thought out the ramifications outlined therein.
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on November 24, 2007
This is a good book to read and very enlightening. You will see things in this book that the main strean media will not tell you. Highly recommended.
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