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The Blue Tent Sky: How the Left's War on Guns Cost Me My Son and My Freedom Hardcover – October 2, 2014

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"I read the book in one setting. Stupendous achievement. Searing. Infuriating. Uplifting. All at once. Brian Aitken has written a searing memoir about his experiences inside a legal system that has lost its moral compass. That he can write about his ordeal with such dignity and even humor is a testament to Brian's courage, his integrity, and his compassion. Read this book." - Clark Neily III, Institute for Justice

"In The Blue Tent Sky, Brian Aitken, with grace rather than bitterness, exposes the evils a scorned woman can inflict upon a good man and how a biased court system will work in her favor. A shocking exposé of cruelty and corruption." - Suzanne Venker, author of The War on Men

"A chilling exposé of the legal system gone berserk." - American Rifleman

"A riveting and intimate perspective from the 50-yard line of Aitken's courtroom drama." - America's 1st Freedom

"Brian D. Aitken recounts his nightmare experience with New Jersey anti-gun laws and jurists in his new memoir." - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review


"A solid, clearly written memoir that will make readers more thoughtful about gun legislation." - Publishers Weekly

"A riveting and outrageous read, yet leavened with hope." - Walter Olson, Overlawyered

"A harrowing tale of being thrown in jail when you've done absolutely nothing wrong." - Newsmax


"Brian Aitken's memoirs show the dark side of a liberal desire to make the world safer.- Reason Magazine

"Just three years after walking across the stage at Rutgers University's graduation, Brian Aitken lost custody of his son and walked into a New Jersey prison for a crime he did not commit." -The Magazine of Sigma Chi
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Beard Face Books; 1st edition (October 2, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0990655407
  • ISBN-13: 978-0990655404
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,044,026 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“The Blue Tent Sky” ( tiny.cc/ynw3mx ) tells the searing, gut wrenching story of Brian Aitken, the former NJ resident who was shanghaied into state prison, and was barred from seeing his own child, for the “crime” of allegedly violating the State of NJ’s notoriously oppressive gun laws.

Railroaded every step of the way, by Police Officers, one Attorney and an anti-gun Judge.

Police that have universally adopted the “make the arrest and let the Courts sort it out mindset” when it comes to guns in NJ. At least one ambivalent attorney that Brian describes as seemingly being more interested in negotiating a plea and collecting his fee than in actually defending a truly innocent man. To an ideologically driven Judge who outrageously decided to refuse to instruct the trial jury on the exemptions to the State’s laws. Laws that Brian had verified with the State Police, was entitled to the protection of and would have, in juror’s own words, had resulted in a finding of “Not Guilty” had they been made aware of them.

In-spite of the fact that I have followed Brian’s case from the outset, I still couldn’t put down an advance copy, I read the entire book, cover to cover, in a single evening.

It is a scathing indictment of the three pronged attack on gun owners in NJ by the Legislature, the Courts and Law Enforcement.

I am not exactly known for “book reviews”, in fact, this is my first one ever and I am honored to have it be so. These were the first thoughts that came into my mind immediately after I put the book down.

Brian’s story is an incendiary, long overdue call to action.
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This is an outstanding book. I like the movie "An Innocent Man" but this is not fiction. The author was railroaded by the state of New Jersey into prison for the "crime" of transporting his own property in his car when moving from one residence to another. We have recently had a somewhat similar case of a young woman named Shaneen Allen who was transporting her legally owned gun in her car under the impression that her Pennsylvania permit would be honored by New Jersey. She was wrong and has been threatened with the same fate that Mr Aitken suffered. New Jersey seems determined to inflict its lawless obsession with guns on any innocent person who mistakenly ventures into the state. This book might help to warn anyone who might be tempted to enter the state of New Jersey. I certainly would not. The story is riveting and I read it in an evening.
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The sentencing judge wanted to make an example of Brian, to warn others how New Jersey would deal with gun owners. With this book, Brian surely has shown that judge there can be no better example to show how very restrictive and punitive gun laws punish the wrong guys. This is a very well written book, and I couldn't put it down once I started it. Brian not only can write, he writes really well.
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This is a great book. I read it in two days and could not put it down. I loved his forward in which Brian accurately states that the best defense to libel is to tell the truth. Which he does and names the culprits in his persecution. But the fact is that Brian was victimized not only by the unconstitutional laws in NJ regarding guns but also the unfair laws that afflict fathers trying to have a relationship with their sons and daughters in unamicable divorces. In fact, that injustice goes on even now. I also experienced the unjust and unfair application of the law in my own divorce as a father to the detriment of me and my children. I hope that Brian's next book deals with this. On the day that Brian was confronted by the police, he was upset that his ex obstructed once again his RIGHT to see his son. If he had called the police to get his right to see his son sustained, they would have laughed at him. In the meantime, his right to have a relationship with his son (not to mention his son's right to see his father) continues to be obstructed by his ex with the support of the State of NJ despite multiple professionals that declared Brian a fit and fine person.

Brian: Fight these bastards. For your son's sake. He needs you more each and every day. God bless you, Jenna and Logan. Your ex can go to hell. Along with the Family curt judge and her lawyer.
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Life is messy. And failed relationships, police overreach, legal incompetence, and judicial bias can make it not only messier but simply intolerable. Brian Aitken experienced all of these things as his life spiraled out of control and he ended up in a prison suit with the clank of metal doors behind him. If not for the compassionate, timely -- and frankly surprising -- intervention of Governor Christie, he'd still be there now. The facts of Brian's case are as messy and convoluted as they come, and yet in this clear-eyed and well-paced memoir he is able to unravel a complicated narrative, and convey the crushing effect of a legal system out of control, as it systematically pushed him to the very gates of hell. There is despair, redemption, hope, and humor in this book, and it is one of those rare memoirs that is as compelling as a good novel
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