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Author Briggs, William, 1949- author

Title How America got its guns : a history of the gun violence crisis / William Briggs
Published Albuquerque : University of New Mexico Press, 2017
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Description 1 online resource (ix, 339 pages)
Contents Front Cover; Title Page; Copyright; Contents; Acknowledgments; 1: Guns in America; 2: The Advantage of Being Armed; 3: Number Games; 4: Twenty-Seven Words; 5: Guns in American Lives; 6: Interpreting the Second Amendment; 7: Magic Never Made a Gun; 8: The Other Amendment; 9: Playing by the Rules; 10: Colfax and Cruikshank; 11: Enforcement!; 12: A Century Passes; 13: Carry, Stand, and Defend; 14: The Court Speaks; 15: Guns and the Mind; 16: The Court Speaks Again; 17: A Year Passes; 18: Reducing Gun Violence; Notes; Bibliography; Index; Back Cover
Summary "In the United States more than thirty thousand deaths each year can be attributed to firearms. This book on the history of guns in America examines the Second Amendment and the laws and court cases it has spawned. The author's thorough and objective account shows the complexities of the issue, which are so often reduced to bumper-sticker slogans, and suggests ways in which gun violence in this country can be reduced. Briggs profiles not only protagonists in the national gun debate but also ordinary people, showing the ways guns have become part of the lives of many Americans. Among them are gays and lesbians, women, competitive trapshooters, people in the gun-rights and gun-control trenches, the NRA's first female president, and the most successful gunsmith in American history. Balanced and painstakingly unbiased, Briggs's account provides the background needed to follow gun politics in America and to understand the gun culture in which we are likely to live for the foreseeable future."-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on April 18, 2017)
Subject United States. Constitution. 2nd Amendment.
Firearms ownership -- United States -- History.
Firearms -- Law and legislation -- United States.
Gun control -- United States -- History.
Violent crimes -- United States -- History.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2016051539
ISBN 0826358144 (electronic book)
9780826358141 (electronic book)