- Hardcover: 280 pages
- Publisher: Praeger (February 21, 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1440860378
- ISBN-13: 978-1440860379
- Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1 x 9.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
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Lock, Stock, and Barrel: The Origins of American Gun Culture
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"When Michael Bellesiles' book Arming America: The Origins of a National Gun Culture appeared in 2000, it was heralded for demonstrating that since privately owned firearms were rare when the Second Amendment was drafted, no individual right was intended. Although Bellesiles' evidence was subsequently exposed as a high stakes fraud, Pamela Haag's recent book The Gunning of America: Business and the Making of American Gun Culture, resurrects his discredited thesis. Clayton E. Cramer, in Lock, Stock and Barrel: The Origins of American Gun Culture, provides an exhaustive array of evidence of the common use of guns, setting the record straight yet again." (Joyce Lee Malcolm, Patrick Henry Professor of Constitutional Law and the Second Amendment, Scalia Law School at George Mason University, and Author of To Keep and Bear Arms: The Origins of an Anglo-American Right)
"Relying on his skill as one of today's best original-source researchers, Clayton E. Cramer has produced a definitive work on the historical pervasiveness of firearms in American life since the colonial era. Clearly and precisely separating what can be known from what cannot, and relying only on the former, he shows us that gun ownership and carrying has been a central component of American life since before the Republic's independence. So, too, the commerce―gun manufacture, repair, import, and sale―that such demand naturally entailed. Cramer shows his readers that―like it or not―guns have and continue to be an ingrained part of American culture." (George A. Mocsary, Assistant Professor, Southern Illinois University School of Law, and Author of Firearms Law and the Second Amendment: Regulation, Rights, and Policy)
"Gun prohibitionists are once again trying to make the false argument that widespread firearms ownership was rare in early American history and occurred only later on as a result of a conspiracy by firearms manufacturers to sell guns to an ignorant American public. In Lock, Stock and Barrel: The Origins of American Gun Culture, Clayton E. Cramer tackles this revisionist 'fake news' head on, by providing extensive evidence of gunsmithing, firearms manufacturing, and the common ownership of firearms in Colonial and early American history. He traces this tradition into modern America, including the positive effect on American manufacturing techniques from the late nineteenth century onward, which were marveled at and copied by other nations, and of which we―as today's consumers―are the beneficiaries." (Stefan B. Tahmassebi, Deputy General Counsel, National Rifle Association of America)
About the Author
Clayton E. Cramer, MA, is adjunct faculty at College of Western Idaho, Nampa, ID. His work has been cited in court decisions including District of Columbia v. Heller (2008) and McDonald v. Chicago (2010).