Living With Guns

A Liberal's Case for the Second Amendment

Whitney, Craig R.

Book - 2012
Average Rating: 2.5 stars out of 5.
Living With Guns
America's war over gun control has raged since the 1960s. In 2008, the Supreme Court startled the left by concluding that with the Second Amendment the founders elevated "above all other interests" the right to bear arms "in defense of hearth and home." And as a result liberals feared the NRA would succeed in rolling back gun regulations nationwide. Discussion about guns in America has been stalemated, shortcircuited, and dominated by rigidly and mutually intolerant ideologies. Yet we may be closer to a solution than either side may imagine. In this book the author, a New York Times editor reexamines America's relationship with guns, showing how guns are an important part of American culture. The earliest colonists needed them to survive. We have nearly 300 million of them today. Trying to restrict gun ownership doesn't effectively deter crime; we need to get serious about what actually works. The author shows that, if we focus on controlling violence rather than guns themselves, the Second Amendment may not be so lethal as the left would like to think.

Publisher: New York : Public Affairs, c2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 1610391691
Branch Call Number: 363.33 W617L 2012
Characteristics: xvii, 285 p. ;,24 cm


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Is there a middle ground between the NRA's defense of the right to bear arms and the opposite view, of trying to get rid of the 300 million guns that Americans already own?

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Mar 02, 2015

I found this to be a well researched and fair study. His proposed solution is not likely to happen though: compromise and consideration for the other side. Flip to the last chapter for a summary and his list of solutions.


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