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Gun Guys: A Road Trip Hardcover – Deckle Edge, March 5, 2013
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This book is an attempt to restore civility to the discussion and even if you don't agree with everything Dan has to say, you will get something out of it. Conservative gun owners will start to understand that not all Liberals want to take their guns (40% of us actually have guns, many of us carry, and plenty of us don't think that 2A is at all ambiguous and that we could certainly be allys in this debate). Gun control advocates might start to understand that gun rights are often felt as part of the package of self reliance and personal responsibility that many gun owners and 2A proponents have and why many get so worked up when their gun rights are threatened. They might start to understand that they can't just keep the parts of the Constitution that they like and steamroll those they don't and they may start to come to the conclusion that an Assault Weapons Ban is pretty ludicrous. Seriously, if you've ever been to a gun show or shooting range you'll realize that that horse has long ago left the barn.Read more ›
Where'd all these guns come from? Isn't there some way to get them off of the street? I fume sometimes about repealing the Second Amendment. No one is serious about the use of guns to combat tyranny. Government is more powerful and all-encompassing than ever in the 21st century. What's more, the power of government to suppress any challenge with force is overwhelming. Instead of using guns to fight government, we kill each other and tell ourselves patriotic lies to justify it all.
So I read this book to learn about the other side after reading an interview of the author with Joe Nocera, a columnist in The New York Times. I thought the author handled himself well in the interview.
I am glad I read the book. It did not change my mind about the scourage that guns have become in our society. But it did make me realize how my blinders have kept me from appreciating the appeal of guns to so many Americans. Frankly, the book even got me a little curious abuot guns, truth be told.
I doubt we will ever get rid of guns in the United States. I did not know that some folks buy guns, and then bury them in protective covers to make them harder to find should the government ever try to seize them all.Read more ›
If you're ex-military like myself, you have a certain healthy respect for automatic weapons; and if you're a left-leaning, big-city liberal, once again like myself, then you may feel rather conflicted about guns, as does the author. And he works it all out. One of Baum's suggestions is that if 'we' must have a liberal agenda of gay marriage and abortion rights, then 'they' should be allowed their guns. Fair enough.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
We came from the same place and got to a VERY different place,with different views.
He has style ---- I will say that. Read more
This is not a rant full of cherrypicked and distorted factoids. Dan Baum - a self-described "card-carrying liberal Democrat from New Jersey" who also happens to be a... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Jeffrey E. Dunsavage
Mr Baum creates balanced point of view by living among lots of different gun groups. Mr. Baum clearly expresses the political stalemate based in half truths and bad studies used... Read morePublished 11 months ago by S. Lilly
I wish I could leave a zero star review. The author is a pretentious statist, firmly ensconced in his own luxury. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Amazon Customer
I liked the exploration the author went through to try and understand the gun culture in its various forms. Read morePublished 16 months ago by C. Kalinski
A look at America's gun culture from the perspective of a liberal gun guy...yes, they actually do exist and I happen to be one of them. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Douglas Cramer
"Those Other People - How They Live, What They Do, How They Think" - that's kind of how the book reads to a lot of gun owners. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Charles B. Jessee
A liberal guy writes about his love for guns. I really enjoyed this center-of-the-road point of view. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Mikey Boy