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Neal Knox - The Gun Rights War Paperback – July 4, 2009
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"...essential reading for anyone who is a serious firearms civil rights activist." "...some of the most valuable and important writing related to the right to keep and bear arms over a 40-year period." "...your single most important history lesson on gun rights." --Joseph P. Tartaro in Gun Week, October 1, 2009, p. 15
About the Author
From 1966 until his death in 2005, Neal Knox was close to, and usually directly involved in, every significant happening in the American debate over gun rights.
In a career that progressed from newspaper reporter and part-time gun writer, to gun magazine publisher, to the head of the National Rifle Association's lobby, and on to senior status as "the conscience of the gun rights movement," Neal Knox was the often-unacknowledged architect of the modern American gun rights movement.
Collected here for the first time in a single volume is a generous helping of the writing that cemented his reputation -- and helped to save the Second Amendment.
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Make no mistake this I a single subject book. Each 2-3 page vignette is as relevant today as when it was first penned 30 years ago. Clearly Neal read and digested every HR#### or S#### piece of legislation written and had his finger on the pulse of every political player. He dissects some startlingly unpredictable presidents and legislature activity regardless of their historical reputation, in real time.
One realizes quickly that every chapter sounds like it is written for today's issues. Neal Knox clearly and concisely describes both sides of each issue and some of his prophecy or conclusions makes me think he was clairvoyant.
His activism and work could be the Gold Standard of gun rights debate.
"The Gun Rights War" is very informative,interesting,full of facts from the NRA who are fighting for our rights.
"The Gun Rights War"reveals facts regarding how our elected officials,politicians if you will,who are scheming to confiscate our
firearms from us,the US,the honest Us citizens.the author Neal Knox is the hero and Crusader of our 2nd A mendment rights.
A must Read!!!
Knox was an uncompromising Second Amendment purist, incisive in his assessment of the trends and players of his day. Many recent gun rights victories have their origin in his shrewdness and prescience.
This compilation of Neal Knox's articles and letters is well-organized and annotated by Neal's son, Chris Knox. The editor succeeds by providing necessary updates and clarifications without attempting to reframe or restate the issues.
Neal Knox's writings speak for themselves in this volume. He was a man of talent and principle. He treated his opponents honorably and argued his points vigorously and fairly. If you want to understand and advocate for gun rights, buy this book and read it. Then pass a copy to your like-minded friends.
A colorful history lesson...
One of the reasons many people will not spend time researching or understanding historical events is that the material is often presented in a boring, biased and/or misleading manner. Fortunately, this is not the case with this book. Neal Knox's writings, compiled and annotated by his son Chris Knox as The Gun Rights War is generally chronologically organized, always insightful, very precisely written, and colorful and interesting in presentation. Neal Knox's skillful writing, his unyielding support of the Second Amendment and his outstanding work on behalf of the NRA should earn him a place in the hearts and minds of those who love freedom and/or firearms and anyone who believes in the preservation of all that is guaranteed under the Constitution.
Some material in The Gun Rights War carries a political theme, some stories are human interest and humorous, some are excellent at defining complex personalities in complex settings. Common to all is enough detail to assure the author's authenticity and first hand knowledge of the individuals, places and events presented. Pulling all of this material into one volume, Chris Knox's notes, issue updates and subtle clarifications are written in a conservative and understated style that gives the overall work a seamless flow. By employing a light touch and objective bent, Chris successfully accomplished what few others have when attempting a compilation.
A gun rights philosophy...
The right to bear arms is a fundamental right, granted through the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution as part of our Bill of Rights. It is as relevant today as it first was in 1791. There should be no negotiating with anti-gun forces to modify, marginalize or compromise this right as their end game is not compromise, their end game is a disarmed America. Therefore, even the smallest compromise takes us a few more miles down the road toward their goal. Americans need to stand together on this issue, consistently, persistently, relentlessly. Buy the book and begin by reading page 45 titled "Part 2 - Principals".
That said if you are just beginning to look into how we got to where we are today with regard to gun control and gun rights this will give you a solid understanding of what it took as well as providing a foundation from which to learn more. There are plenty of folks on both sides of the gun rights/control debate who were less than fond of Neal Knox but he didn't pull his punches or compromise his principles and both of these factors are clear as you read his articles in this text.
Regardless of where you stand on gun rights this book is well worth the purchase price and is organized in an easy to read manner.
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Neal will be missed from the fight going forward!