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Gun control
Henderson, Harry, 1951-
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New York : Facts On File, [2000]

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vi, 297 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Introduction to gun-related issues -- The law of gun control -- Chronology -- Biographical listing -- Glossary -- How to research gun control issues -- Annotated bibliography -- Organizations and agencies -- Research studies, polls, and other reports relating to gun control -- Federal and state constitutional provisions -- Provisions of state firearms laws -- The Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act -- U.S. v. Miller -- Quilici v. Morton Grove.
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Presents the historical background and the criminological and legal aspects of gun control in the United States, including a chronology and information on leading figures in the controversy.

Reviews 4

Booklist Review

New title in the publisher's Library in a Book series of resource guides.

Library Journal Review

Some key features of this volume are its extensive overview of the history and issues of gun control, summaries of the law (with the text of important cases and statutes), biographies; definitions of terms, a chronology of important Anglo-American events (from 871 C.E.), a lengthy annotated bibliography, selected tables from research studies, and a research section detailing how to find information on the Internet, in libraries, and from government sources. Henderson, a writer and editor who has written books on privacy, capital punishment, and terrorism, maintains a balanced point of view between advocates and opponents of gun control. The information here will be most useful to high-school or college student researchers, but reference librarians will also appreciate the chronology and law sections. Glenn H. Utter's Encyclopedia of Gun Control and Rights (LJ 3/1/00) and Earl R. Kruschke's Gun Control: A Reference Handbook (ABC-Clio, 1995; updated on the web) offer very much the same basic information. Henderson's strong points are the excellent overview and discussion of how to do research. Recommended for academic, public, and high school libraries.DMary Jane Brustman, Univ. at Albany Libs., NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

School Library Journal Review

YA-Although the specific topics are not clearly separated into pros and cons as in many other series, the questions raised about gun control are thoroughly discussed. The first chapter presents the subject in its historical context, followed by summaries of specific state and federal laws. The most important court cases in the field are succinctly presented with the background, legal issues, decisions, and impact distinctly delineated. Nearly 20 pages are devoted to advice on how to research the issue, including descriptions of general search engines and specific Web sites. The title has a lengthy, annotated bibliography and lists of related organizations. A useful tool for research and debates.-Claudia Moore, W. T. Woodson High School, Fairfax, VA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

This "Library in a Book" provides all of the essential information to understand the issue of gun control in the US: background information, potential data sources, an annotated bibliography, key congressional acts, and landmark Supreme Court decisions. Gun Control is a good single-source volume on gun control, and, more importantly, an excellent framework to guide students in researching firearm issues. With this strength, the book can serve as a cornerstone for research-methods courses or as illustration of the public policy process. Additionally, the book addresses the gun control issue at the federal and state level. By providing a well-documented summary of state regulations on firearm purchases, Henderson provides even the casual researcher with a good understanding of the variation of gun laws in the US and provides the context for appreciating the lack of consensus on how to reduce violent crime. Highly recommended for lower-division undergraduates, two-year technical program students, and practitioners. D. S. Reveron; United States Naval Academy



Although most crime rates have declined during the 1990s, continuing concern about crime and the shocking number of well-publicized mass shootings in schools, workplaces, and churches have kept the issue of gun control on the front burner. The relationship between firearm ownership, crime, and violence is undoubtedly complex, and expert opinions are sharply divided. Gun control advocates suggest that America's permissive firearm laws and the tens of millions of guns in citizens' hands are largely responsible for a 'culture of violence.' They urge strict controls--if not an outright ban--on handguns and many types of rifles. Advocates of gun rights argue that it is not guns that cause crime, but criminals--and that guns in the hands of law-aliding citizens are an essential part of the deterring crime. Gun Control is an accurate, fair, and balanced presentation of the historical background and criminological, legal, and legislative aspects of this many-faceted issue. It is a useful tool for students, teachers, and librarians, as well as for people working in the political and legal arenas. Excerpted from Gun Control by Harry Henderson All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.

Table of Contents

Part I Overview of the Topic
Chapter 1 Introduction to Gun-Related Issuesp. 3
Chapter 2 The Law of Gun Controlp. 32
Chapter 3 Chronologyp. 85
Chapter 4 Biographical Listingp. 100
Chapter 5 Glossaryp. 107
Part II Guide to Further Research
Chapter 6 How to Research Gun Control Issuesp. 117
Chapter 7 Annotated Bibliographyp. 133
Chapter 8 Organizations and Agenciesp. 211
Part III Appendices
Appendix A Research Studies, Polls, and Other Reports Relating to Gun Controlp. 221
Appendix B Federal and State Constitutional Provisionsp. 248
Appendix C Provisions of State Firearms Lawsp. 253
Appendix D The Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Actp. 261
Appendix E U.S. v. Millerp. 274
Appendix F Quilici v. Morton Grovep. 280
Indexp. 289