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Living With Guns

A Liberal's Case for the Second Amendment
Whitney, Craig R. (Book - 2012 )
Living With Guns
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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.
Authors: Whitney, Craig R., 1943-
Title: Living with guns
a liberal's case for the Second Amendment
Publisher: New York : Public Affairs, c2012
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: xvii, 285 p. ;,24 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Craig R. Whitney
Contents: The gun battles of our day
Guns and survival, guns and American independence
Guns against tyranny
Guns and self-defense in nineteenth-century America
The Second Amendment and the Supreme Court
Gun control and gun violence
The thinking behind gun rights
What can be done
Summary: 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.
ISBN: 1610391691
9781610391696
1610391705
9781610391702
Branch Call Number: 363.33 W617L 2012
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Headings: United States. Constitution. 2nd Amendment Gun control United States Firearms Law and legislation United States
Topical Term: Gun control
Firearms
LCCN: 2012028556
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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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