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Gunfight: The Battle over the Right to Bear Arms in America Hardcover – September 19, 2011
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A succinct and fascinating introduction to the legal and historical issues at the heart of the gun debate. --Eric Arnesen, professor of history at George Washington University and fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars"
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The book also does Clayton a real disservice by completely ignoring his role in the Bellesiles episode.
From the first hand knowledge that I have about the Heller and McDonald cases, it is very clear that Adam also got much of that recent history wrong.
The book's discussion of my own work on concealed handguns is littered with inaccuracies, but one can see what Winkler does to Cramer research as a warning for how facts can be reversed in this book. In my case, at best Winkler didn't read the first edition of More Guns, Less Crime very carefully (he doesn't cite either the second and third editions) -- this is only a problem given that he is writing about the debate over my research.
I recently debated Adam on KPCC, a public radio station in Southern California. A copy of the interview as well as some of my comments on a few obviously incorrect claims by Adam are available on my website here [...]
I comes down to to point that most gun rights people don't trust the government to not continually chip away at gun ownership, even when there is no basis that legal gun ownership is the problem.
I'm 63 years old. What this book has made me want to do is sit down with people (not lawmakers) that have opposing views and discuss our differences.
Winkler starts with case of District of Columbia v. Heller as it is about to be announced by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2008, and he then describes how the case was conceived, litigated, and finally decided. District of Columbia v. Heller is the case in which the Supreme Court held for the first time that the Second Amendment protects individual ownership of firearms and in which the District of Columbia's prohibition on private ownership of handguns was struck down as unconstitutional. As Winkler goes through the history of the case, he weaves in valuable historical context for the adoption of the Second Amendment to the Constitution of the United States and early gun control measures, why they were adopted, and the development of the NRA's policy on the Second Amendment (its vociferousness is recent, dating to the late seventies).
The book is devoid of the aspersions on one faction or another that are so common in books on gun control. Winkler so fairly and accurately outlines the point of view of each faction in the debate over gun control that when he describes your point of view (whatever that may be) you can say "Yeah, he got that right!" and when he describes that of those you don't agree with, you can say it again.Read more ›
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In this time of hyper polarized issues, I wanted some background on the issue of guns in the hands of law abiding people. Read morePublished 6 days ago by David Miller
This is the guy who was quoted on CBS news recently saying that in most states, you can walk into a gun store and buy an AR-15 just like you would walk into a Starbucks to buy a... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Tonynk
Explains both sides pretty fairly, instead of minimizing arguments he disagrees withPublished 1 month ago by AK47
Balanced and nuanced discussion of a controversial and complex topic in a readable style.Published 1 month ago by Deborah Sprenger
An objective and thoughtful presentation of the contentious issues surrounding gun ownership. As an active shooter in several sports throughout my lifetime, I was pleased to read... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Doctor A.
This puts the current conflict over "Second Amendment Rights" into a historical perspective by tracing changes in the balance between the "right to bear arms" and... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Pamela E Raidt
I expected more of a legal treatise but instead was treated to a very readable tapestry of the history of guns and gun controls interwoven with the Heller vs. Washington, D.C. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer