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Gunfight : the battle over the right to bear arms in America
Winkler, Adam.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
New York, NY : W.W. Norton & Co., [2011]

Physical Description:
xi, 361 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Author Adam Winkler, a professor of Constitutional law, uses the landmark 2008 case District of Columbia v. Heller, which invalidated a law banning handguns in the nation's capital, as a springboard for a historical narrative of America's four-centuries-long political battle over gun control and the right to bear arms. From the Founding Fathers and the Second Amendment to the origins of the Ku Klux Klan, ironically as a gun control organization, the debate over guns has always generated controversy. Whether examining the Black Panthers' role in provoking the modern gun rights movement or Ronald Reagan's efforts to curtail gun ownership, Winkler weaves together the dramatic stories of gun rights advocates and gun control lobbyists, providing often unexpected insights into the venomous debate that now cleaves our nation.--From publisher description.
Big guns and little guns at the Supreme Court -- "Gun grabbers" -- "Gun nuts" -- Guns of our fathers -- Civil War -- The Wild West -- Gangsters, guns, and G-men -- By any means necessary -- Decision.
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