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Politics of Gun Control

Politics of Gun Control - 3rd edition

Politics of Gun Control - 3rd edition

ISBN13: 9781568029054

ISBN10: 1568029055

Politics of Gun Control by Robert J. Spitzer - ISBN 9781568029054
Edition: 3RD 04
Copyright: 2004
Publisher: Congressional Quarterly
International: No
Politics of Gun Control by Robert J. Spitzer - ISBN 9781568029054

ISBN13: 9781568029054

ISBN10: 1568029055

Edition: 3RD 04

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The authoritative standard for anyone seeking wide-ranging and fair-minded analysis of the American gun debate, The Politics of Gun Control hones in on three key culture shocks that shape the politics of gun control in America today: the shooting at Columbine High School, the clearly delineated positions on the gun issue staked out in the 2000 election, and the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Written with insight and showcasing the wide-ranging debate, this third edition also examines such important issues as the proliferation of concealed-carry laws, liability lawsuits filed against gun manufacturers, NRA political funding of Republicans, and the controversy surrounding the assault weapons ban, bringing this popular and well-respected book right up to date.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


1. Policy Definition and Gun Control

Regulation, Public Order, and Public Policy
Guns and Regulation
The Gun Controversy
The Gun Culture
Policy Gridlock
Social Regulatory Policy Analysis

2. The Second Amendment: Meaning, Intent, Interpretation, and Consequences

Historic Roots
The Constitution
The Bill of Rights
The Militia Transformed
Supreme Court Rulings
Other Court Rulings
The Textbook Bill of Rights

3. The Criminological Consequences of Guns

America and Violence
Choice of Weapons
Homicide and Malicious Injury

4. Political Fury: Gun Politics

Single-Issue Gun Groups: The NRA
The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence
The Million Mom March
The Political Balance and the Invincibility Myth
Public Opinion
Political Parties and Guns

5. Institutions, Policymaking, and Guns

Early Legislative Efforts
The Gun Control Act of 1968
The Firearms Owners Protection Act of 1986
The Tide Turns: The Assault Weapons Ban
The Brady Bill
The Post-Columbine Reaction
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms
Conclusion: Furious Politics, Marginal Policy

6. Gun Policy: A New Framework

Federalism: The Great Regulation Dilemma
Gun Policy Alternatives
The Barriers to Gun Control
The Security Dilemma
The Security Dilemma and the Gun Debate
Nonproliferation and Arms Control