- Hardcover: 304 pages
- Publisher: PublicAffairs; First Edition edition (2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1610391691
- ISBN-13: 978-1610391696
- Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1 x 9.6 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 38 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,007,031 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Living with Guns: A Liberal's Case for the Second Amendment Hardcover – 2012
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Is there any way past the impasse on gun control that pits supporters of the Second Amendment against those concerned about escalating gun violence in the U.S.? Whitney, a reporter, self-described conservative liberal, and member of the National Rifle Association, aims to find common ground between the polarities that steer elections and fund lobbying campaigns. He examines the Second Amendment, why interpretations of it are so divergent, and why the right to bear arms is enshrined in the Bill of Rights. He explores Supreme Court decisions, state laws throughout the nation (except Illinois and the District of Columbia) that permit individuals to own guns, controversial stand-your-ground laws, and violent shootings, which add fuel to both sides of the gun control debate. Whitney gives equal time to gun enthusiasts, from collectors to hunters, who are among the 60 million Americans who own more than 300 million guns, a third of them handguns. This is a very thoughtful, well-researched, and well-reasoned argument in favor of the right to bear arms within reasonable limitations and an appeal to responsible gun ownership. --Vanessa Bush
Living With Guns is a fascinating and provocative illumination of America's centuries-long battle over gun control. No matter what your views on guns, you'll find yourself unable to put down this riveting history and thoughtful analysis of one of America's most contentious issues. Fair-minded, astute, and balanced, Living With Guns will change the way you think about guns and gun control.”
KirkusA fresh and balanced argument.”
David K. Shipler, author of The Rights of the People and Rights at Risk"Whether you come from the right or the left, this meticulously researched and argued book will make you think hard and reconsider your assumptions. His illuminating research into gun ownership and gun control in early America is an antidote to absolutism. It should be read closely by both sides in the debate."
BooklistA very thoughtful, well-researched, and well-reasoned argument in favor of the right to bear arms within reasonable limitations and an appeal to responsible gun ownership.”
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Whitney's fresh eyes and relative agnosticism serve him well in his historical account of guns in America.”
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The author then gives a good summary of recent history on gun laws which I found useful. It is when he proceeds to give advice on what should be done now that many readers may disagree. The controversy will be over how much control the state or nation may have over what is determined to be a Constitutional right. Whatever one's opinion on controls, it helps to know the basic facts about the Constitution before entering the discussion.
Although the author puts to much stock in the intentions of Progressive Liberals in putting forth ideas to quell gun crime in America. He seems to think that Progressive Liberals would honor the U.S. Constitution when it comes to protecting the rights of citizens and residents of the USA.
Unfortunately, both Progressive Liberals and Conservatives have a long history of violating the U.S. Constitution.
Do more than just live with guns, embrace them like your free speech. Or just be a victim like most liberals are, victims of low self esteem.
in the US and constructive approaches to improve public safety
while minimizing infringement of the constitutional right to keep and bear arms.
I appreciate the author's candor and attempt to avoid irrational,
emotionally founded arguments that are conceived and
propagated on the left like gun bans.
This is a highly polarized issue.
The only way any constructive progress will be made in improving public safety
is if both sides acknowledge the legitimacy of the other's concerns and values.
We must abandon irrational emotionalism and embrace reasoned deliberation and compromise.
Most of what is heard in the media is propaganda, plain and simple.
Listen from a few experts:
"Arguments must therefore be crude, clear and forcible, and appeal to emotions and instincts, not the intellect."
- Joseph Goebbels
"As soon as by one's own propaganda even a glimpse of right on the other side is admitted, the cause for doubting one's own right is laid."
While I agree with many of his suggested gun control proposals (stricter background checks, increased penalties for gun crimes, crack down on straw purchasers)I disagree with others. Mr. Whitney proposes large increases in federal and state governments by requiring all States to pass gun license programs similar to a drivers license, authorizing national gun operational safety standards and fingerprinting bullets and shell casings. None of these proposals will stop a criminal or a crazy person from getting a gun illegally. Mr, Whitney also neglects to mention who is going to pay for all this new gun control administration. That will be the law abiding gun owner and Mr. Whitney would do well to just admit that. As a liberal, any problem requires more government not less, and Mr. Whitney certainly passes that test. Even though we all know its human behavior that is at the core of the problem.
Still a very good book and we should all use his rational and data driven approach to addressing the gun issue.