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Gun Violence: Fighting for Our Lives and Our Rights Library Binding – Illustrated, October 1, 2019

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"Accounts of gun violence, particularly in the U.S., are too often news headlines these days, and in their wake come polarized debates over gun control. This is especially true of mass shootings that number children and young adults among their victims. While examining escalated gun violence and mass shootings, Doeden presents a balanced approach to the debates concerning gun control and differing interpretations of the U.S. Constitution's Second Amendment. He offers the perspectives and arguments from one side and immediately follows with the other, raising tough questions on both fronts. The structure effectively allows readers to consider the merits of the pro and con arguments. After giving the historical background of the Second Amendment, Doeden integrates dates and statistics into accounts of shootings from Columbine to 2018. Captioned color photographs, maps, diagrams, and special features provide enhancements (and breaks) in the text. Back matter offers a multitude of resources: a time line, chapter-by-chapter source notes, bibliography, and further information that includes books, films, and websites. A timely resource for young adults."―Booklist

"This compact introduction confronts head-on the highly controversial issue of gun ownership in the United States. Examining how gun ownership became a way of life in the Colonies, which in turn paved the way for the Second Amendment, this volume presents both the historical context for and contemporary concerns surrounding gun ownership. As gun technology became more compact and sophisticated, and automatic weapons became standard issue for organized crime, it became clear that some control was needed. However, legislative attempts in the 1930s and '60s failed to stop gun violence. Subsequent years saw the rise of powerful gun lobbies such as the National Rifle Association and legislation that further protected the rights of individuals to use firearms for self-defense. Single-page features describe specific mass shootings as well as the murder of Trayvon Martin. The author reviews statistics to analyze the impact of gun legislation on civilian safety, among other subjects. One tremendous oversight in a guide focusing heavily on current events is the lack of mention of public outcry around police shootings of black and Indigenous people or the Black Lives Matter movement. Stock photographs predominantly portray white mourners and victims of gun violence, while a photo illustrating gun sales without background checks features a black customer, possibly sending an unintended message to readers. A detailed analysis of America's gun culture that unfortunately omits important context around racial bias."―Kirkus Reviews

About the Author

Matt Doeden began his career as a sports writer. Since then, he's spent more than a decade writing and editing children's nonfiction. Matt lives in Minnesota with his family.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Twenty-First Century Books ™; Illustrated edition (October 1, 2019)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Library Binding ‏ : ‎ 112 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1541555546
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1541555549
  • Reading age ‏ : ‎ 11 - 18 years
  • Lexile measure ‏ : ‎ 1080
  • Grade level ‏ : ‎ 6 - 12
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 14.9 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 6.1 x 0.7 x 9.1 inches
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