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The Future of the Gun Hardcover – August 11, 2014
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DAVID E. PETZAL, rifles field editor, Field & Stream
Guns are demonized, idolized, politicized, and mostly misunderstood. With a clear voice, a reporter’s curiosity, and a polemist’s agenda, Frank Miniter explores the technology, politics, and influence of guns in America. His look ahead at the next generation of guns and how they will shape public policy is especially fascinating.”
ANDREW McKEAN, editor in chief, Outdoor Life
The Future of the Gun is an insightful look into gun politics and policy, written with
Frank’s trademark wit. An important read for every American.”
CHRIS W. COX, chief lobbyist, National Rifle Association
I first met Frank at the Supreme Court covering the Heller case. From his work there, I knew he was a top-notch reporter, and he shows his writing chops in The Future of the Gun. He offers an informed, yet highly readable look into our future. And he’s done it all in under three hundred pages.”
JIM SHEPHERD, editor and publisher, The Outdoor Wire Digital Network, including the Shooting Wire, and founding member of CNN
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Throughout American history, that’s what the gun has been. From the muskets at Lexington and Concord to the semiautomatic rifles and pistols that protect twenty-first-century homes, a gun in the hands of a law-abiding citizen is more than a symbol of liberty. It has been a primary tool of American freedom.
But as bestselling author Frank Miniter points out, there are two main storylines about guns in America today. One is the Big Lie of the mainstream mediaguns are a menace, an ever- present danger that needs to be regulated away.
The other storyline is the one that millions of Americans actually liveguns provide safety and security, whether in the hands of our nation’s soldiers or of law enforcement or of private citizens. Growing up with guns is for many Americans a way of life, tied up with hunting, sports, and most importantpersonal responsibility. For mainstream Americans, the future of the gun is bound up with the future of freedom.
In The Future of the Gun, you’ll learn:
Why anti-gun groups often oppose gun safety
How gunsand gun education for young peoplecut crime
How federalism could save your gun rights
New trends in gun technology that will make guns safer and more effective
Why most talk about assault rifles” is bogus
How military and civilian gun technology have always advanced in tandemfor the benefit of soldiers and private citizens
What guns will look like in just a few years
Want to know about the future of the gun? There is no better place than to start here.
Top Customer Reviews
I have no dog in this particular fight. I have never owned a gun or fired a gun. I have absolutely zero interest in hunting. Over the past several decades I have heard the issue of a citizens' Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms debated ad nauseam on radio and television and in magazines and newspapers. Much to my surprise, after carefully considering the arguments made by both sides, more often than not I found myself siding with the NRA and other Second Amendment advocates. Yet when discussing this issue with friends and relatives in the deep blue state in which I reside I was at a loss to intelligently articulate many of the reasons why I had come to this conclusion. There is so much misinformation out there that needs to be refuted. I really needed to know more. Recently, I came across an intriguing new book that I hoped would assist me in correcting this situation. In "The Future of the Gun" author Frank Miniter offers up a brief history of guns in America, explains the volatile and divisive politics of this issue and speculates on what the future might hold for firearms in this nation. It is an extremely compelling read.
Perhaps the biggest lie being perpetrated by the gun control crowd is the definition of what an "assault weapon" is.Read more ›
Possibly the most interesting aspect of this point is that the fact that American colonists had these "more advanced" weapons made it possible for them to win the American Revolution.
If you ever wondered about the history of revolvers or semi-automatic handguns or the AR-15 and M16 rifles, this book provides a well done, quick-read resource.
However, the most interesting part of the book is future of guns -- the explosion in technological innovation. For example, if you know how to play a computer game, the latest targeting systems can turn an amateur into a top long distance shooter. The ability of the government to control these technologies is extremely limited. My understanding is that if the right polymer is used and the barrel is kept very short, the plastic 3D printed guns can fire a number of rounds without a problem, though with a short barrel and no rifling accuracy is very poor. 3D metal printers can produce guns that look and function exactly the same as any gun that you can buy from a manufacturer. Still these are minor quibbles with what Miniter has written.Read more ›
He details the role that guns have played in our history, and where we are going forward. He doesn't sugarcoat any of the information, he just presents facts and lets the chip(s) fall where they may.
Highly recommended, especially the 13 pages of notes and references!!!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great historical perspective on Guns in the US without much spin. Learned a lot !!Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
This is a review of THE FUTURE OF THE GUN by Frank Miniter. Mine is the hardcover edition published in 2014 by Regnery of Washington, DC. Read morePublished 12 months ago by John M. Lane
This author is very un-biased and focuses on truth. Very well written, and very informative, very well researched. Best book of my year. Read morePublished 14 months ago by formerAthleteOlderNow
I arrived in good condition just as I expected.Published 16 months ago by Looking For Good Science Fiction
More than a "gun book", this is an honest assessment of the current political situation in the US. Many voters want the government to take care of us like a surrogate mother, while... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Lance