Lethal Passage

The Story of A Gun

Larson, Erik

(Book - 1995)
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
Lethal Passage
This devastating book begins with an account of a crime that is by now almost commonplace: on December 16, 1988, sixteen-year-old Nicholas Elliot walked into his Virginia high school with a Cobray M-11/9 and several hundred rounds of ammunition tucked in his backpack. By day's end, he had killed one teacher and severely wounded another. In Lethal Passage Erik Larson shows us how a disturbed teenager was able to buy a weapon advertised as "the gun that made the eighties roar." In so doing, he not only illuminates America's gun culture -- its manufacturers, dealers, buffs, and propagandists -- but also offers concrete solutions to our national epidemic of death by firearm. The result is a book that can -- and should -- save lives, and that has already become an essential text in the gun-control debate.
Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 1995
Edition: 1st Vintage Books ed
ISBN: 9780679759270
Branch Call Number: 364.15230975551 L3346L 1995
Characteristics: 280 p. ;,21 cm


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In Lethal Passage readers learn how a disturbed teenager was able to buy a weapon advertised as "the gun that made the eighties roar." Challenges the belief that gun ownship is part of the American character.

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Jun 25, 2013
  • tocch101 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

An interesting read that is both informative and sad. It makes one reflect on the wording and attitudes that we have as a society and what we need to do to change them or not. A little out of date, but good nonetheless.


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