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Guns Gone Wild (Kindle Single) by [Baum, Dan]
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At a shooting range in Denver, Dan Baum is introduced to America's most popular gun, the AR-15. Classified as a "modern sporting rifle" (a euphemism for assault rifle), the AR-15 is the semi-automatic, civilian version of the military's M-16. It's easy to see why the AR-15 is so popular. It can be modified and tricked out with different scopes, sights, and barrels--even the caliber can be changed. From his conversations with gun-store owners and enthusiasts, Baum identifies the same techie enthusiasm you find in a lot of hobbies. Baum, a former New Yorker staff writer and author of Hurricane Katrina narrative Nine Lives, unpacks gun tradition, the uncertain future of the industry ("If buying habits hold steady, the gun business will be all but gone in about twenty years"), and the twisty political implications of gun ownership. Guns Gone Wild is a swift, percipient look at American gun culture and commerce. --Kevin Nguyen

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  • File Size: 123 KB
  • Print Length: 26 pages
  • Publication Date: September 14, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005NCKCGM
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By C. Murphy on September 18, 2011
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Seriously? I just became interested in firearms for the second time in my life. As a young girl I used to shoot with my Dad and brother. Now as an adult woman I truly enjoy going to the range. I am not the stereo typical gun person. Not only that, I run into people from all over the country from all walks of life while I am at the range.

This book is not based on hard facts. By the way, the AR is not just a black plastic riffle. LOL.
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The author is hell bent on stereo-typing responsible gun owners into certain races, political affiliations and has an all too obvious motive: reduce the number of gun owners. An assault rifle is a firearm capable of fully automatic fire. An AR-15 is a semi-automatic rifle only, it does not shoot full auto. The term sporting rifle is not a euphemism for assault rifle, this is what the media, and Dan Baum, have gotten incorrectly for decades.
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I'm a gun guy. I get tired of having defend my love of guns to people who will never understand it, just like I will never understand people who love art, antique French furniture, and the opera. The main problem with discussions about guns is they tend to be be very visceral and can rapidly descend to arguments where neither side is willing to look at any of the opposing viewpoints. Been guilty of that myself on occasion. I think that most of the people who gave Baum's short a bad score didn't even bother to read it. During the course of research for a yet to be published book on guns Baum took the time and effort to drive 15,000 miles and talk to gun owners, sellers, manufacturers, and organizations on both side of the debate; Brady and the NSSF. He says that he understands the lure and lore of guns and even takes the time to explain the difference between a semi-auto hunting rifle and a weapon most people would consider an assault rifle just by looking at it, the AR-15 - which is none. His conversation with Dennis Henigan of Brady is revealing enough to be worth the price of the book all by itself.
As a gun guy I found the book to be level, unbiased and well worth the price; buy it, read it!
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Mr. Baum has done nothing but perpetuate stereotypes and fear of lawful activities. He lumps gun owning law abiding citizens in with criminals. Baum's research on his book is left wanting. Shooting Sports have made a huge comeback and the firearms business is stable and growing. One of the largest and fastest growing groups interested in firearms and personal defense specifically are adult women. Mr. Baum would have been better served to research last years FBI UCR reports before publishing.
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First, Dan is legit. He's done his homework. He's got National Shooting Sports Foundation data and the FBI's Uniform Crime Reports data. He's visited literally dozens of gun shops and shooting ranges. He went to the SHOT show. He talked with manufacturers. He's read the political and social history of gun laws and guns. His visit with the Brady Center is pretty funny, in the end. So really he's a gun guy AND a journalist. My sense is that he's genuinely interested in the culture and the trends, not that he's got some axe to grind or angle to take.

Second, the article (book excerpt) is fun. I've hunted but I'm not a gun guy. The AR-15 craze is fascinating from so many standpoints. I'm a marketer, so seeing how a firearm product has adapted to the new market, and why it's so popular and addictive, is really cool. You can easily draw parallels between the AR and car tuning, or even game consoles.

It's a great portrait of how changes in demographics, technology, policy, marketing, urbanization, media, and manufacturing capabilities have coalesced into an interesting trend in the world of firearms.
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The "author" and I use that term loosely, made the rounds on internet firearms board, trying to bait members into admitting to crimes, that they did not commit.

Instead of trying to gather research the honest way, he chose the slimy route.

His book is a left wing, error filled hit piece, filled with facts that he has changed to fit his "yellow" style of writing.

If this was a real book, with pages, it still would not be worthy to line a bird cage with.
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By Razor on September 19, 2011
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There is plenty liberal slant anti-gun garabage out on the Internet you can read for free. Don't waste your dollar here.

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The original short review above was painfully written (several times) on my Kindle. I accidentally kept hitting the back button and deleting my text. Thus the abbreviated review. Now that I have some extra time at home I'll take an extra few minutes to elaborate and make Sean happy.

What I meant by "anti-gun" is that this article is condescending to AR-15 owners and the gun community. While I don't own an AR or plan to, those that do are portrayed as something just shy of an educated idiot, happy to be spending hundreds if not thousands of dollars on a gun so the can be like the soldier he saw on the evening news.... Completely ignoring how popular 1911's are along with the current generation of Glock's, XD's, M&P's, etc.)

I found the writing to be a bit snarky and have a hard time believing many of the conversations took place as how they were written. I've yet to talk to anyone recently in the industry whining about "slow times". Try to find .380 ammo anywhere and you'll see what I mean...

Also the adjectives used tell a lot, the "roly poly" kid who likes to lick his "plump lips" while talking about his AR, is hardly a flattering description of the owner. Compare that to the description of Dennis Henigan from the Brady Center, "typically depicted by the NRA and its allies as the anti-Christ, is a mild, stoop-shouldered man of 60, with an enviable head of hair". I'll leave it up to you to take a guess on who's projected to be the sensible person and who is the gun nut with money burning a hole in his pocket. Oops did I just give the answer away?
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