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… More »
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.« Less
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
Includes bibliographical references and index
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