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Title:
The gun control debate : you decide
Author:
Nisbet, Lee.
Edition:
Second edition.
Publication Information:
Amherst, N.Y. : Prometheus Books, 2001.
Physical Description:
580 pages ; 23 cm.
Language:
English
Contents:
America as a gun culture / Richard Hofstadter -- Social problems and sagecraft : gun control as a case in point / William R. Tonso -- The great American gun war / B. Bruce-Briggs -- Ideology, politics, and propaganda / Gary Kleck -- Get rid of the damned things / Roger Rosenblatt -- Guns in America : what must be done / Newsweek -- The new age of anxiety / Barbara Kantrowitz -- Say yes to serious gun control / Business week -- Media bias : gun control, assault weapons, cop-killer bullets, the Goetz case, and other alarms in the night / Gary Kleck -- Why Americans fear the wrong things / Barry Glassner -- Risky business : vividness, availability, and the media paradox / John Ruscio -- Understanding and preventing violence / Albert J. Reiss and Jeffrey A. Roth -- Lethal violence in America / Franklin E. Zimring and Gordon Hawkins -- The technology of personal violence / Philip J. Cook -- Guns and violence : an interpretive review of the field / Gary Kleck -- Handgun regulations, crime, assaults, and homicide / John Henry Sloan ... [et al.] -- Rates of homicide, suicide, and firearm-related death among children / Morbidity and mortality weekly report -- International comparisons and the Killias research / Gary Kleck -- Guns in the household / J.P. Kassirer -- Gun ownership as a risk factor for homicide in the home / Arthur L. Kellermann ... [et al.] -- Case control research on homicidal behavior / Gary Kleck -- The myth that murderers are ordinary gun owners / Don B. Kates ... [et al.] -- Nonfatal and fatal firearm-related injuries / Journal of the American Medical Association -- The medical/public health literature on guns and violence / Gary Kleck -- Children and guns / David B. Kopel -- Self-defense / Philip J. Cook -- Armed resistance to crime : the prevalence and nature of self-defense with a gun / Gary Kleck and Marc Gertz -- A tribute to a view I have opposed / Marvin E. Wolfgang -- Easing concealed firearm laws : effects on homicide in three states / David McDowall, Colin Loftin, Brian Wiersema -- Gun decontrol : when Florida made it easier to get carry permits / Gary Kleck -- More guns, less crime / John Lott -- To keep and bear arms : the origins of an Anglo-American right / Joyce Lee Malcolm -- "To keep and bear arms" / Garry Wills.
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ISBN:
9781573928618
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Summary

Summary

Columbine and other highly publicized shootings have kept America's century-old gun debate in the forefront of public attention.
Using selections from historians, criminologists, social scientists, public health specialists, and jurists, Dr. Nisbet provides an in-depth analysis of the central issues involved in our debate over guns. By providing a set of critical-thinking questions, with examples of experts raising these very points, Nisbet invites readers to evaluate gun-control issues more deeply and thoroughly than is possible in the popular media's portrayal of the issue.

Among the questions addressed are: Does the availability of guns influence levels, patterns, and concentrations of violent crime? If so, how, and what are the policy implications? Do guns for self-defense menace gun owners and their families more than protect them? Should women, in particular, arm themselves? How should we interpret the Second Amendment? How does the gun debate reflect underlying cultural volatility?

Containing twenty-nine new articles and an entirely new section on the media called, "The Gun Control Debate in the Age of (Mis)information," this new revised edition provides the most up-to-date research on this hotly contested topic. The contributors include B. Bruce-Briggs, Philip J. Cook, Barry Glasner, Gordon Hawkins, Richard Hofstadter, Don B. Kates Jr., Gary Kleck, David Kopel, John Lott, Joyce Malcolm, Gary Wills, Mary Zeiss Stange, Franklin E. Zimring, and others.x

No matter what side of the debate you're on, this outstanding collection of the best articles on gun control will give you the critical-thinking tools and the facts needed to understand the complexities of this controversial issue.


Author Notes

Lee Nisbet, Ph.D. is professor of philosophy at Medaille College, Buffalo, NY, and a founding member and fellow of the Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal (CSICOP). He writes and lectures frequently on the application of logical and psychological critical-thinking techniques to controversial policy issues.


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Booklist Review

A thought-provoking volume of 22 essays by legal experts, criminologists, sociologists, and medical researchers that looks behind popular media analyses to probe deeply the issues that lie at the core of the gun control debate. Nisbet has carefully selected writings exploring opposing points of view so readers can decide for themselves how many and what kinds of regulations should be imposed on the possession and use of firearms. The book is divided into four parts, each devoted to a subtopic of the debate (with considerable overlap) and preceded by introductory, background remarks and followed by a very short bibliography. The clarity and evenness of the presentation owe much to Nisbet's skillful editing. With gun owners numbering close to 70 million, according to Nisbet, this penetrating work should resonate with many readers and help bring balance and accuracy--if such are possible concerning this volatile issue--to the debate. Chapter notes; no index. ~--Mary Banas