Guns across America: reconciling gun rules and rights

Introduction -- Why do we have government? -- Our forefathers' superior gun wisdom -- What about the Second Amendment? -- Stand your ground : how did we get from self-defense to shoot first? -- The case of New York

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Main Author: Spitzer, Robert J.
Format: Print Book
Language:English
Published: Oxford [u.a.] Oxford University Press 2015
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Summary:Introduction -- Why do we have government? -- Our forefathers' superior gun wisdom -- What about the Second Amendment? -- Stand your ground : how did we get from self-defense to shoot first? -- The case of New York
In vast swathes of America, the sacredness of the Second Amendment has become a political third rail, never to be questioned. Gun rights supporters wear tri-cornered hats, wave the stars and stripes, and ask what would have happened if the revolutionaries had been unarmed when the British were coming. They have had great success in conflating unfettered gun ownership with the Founding Fathers, the Constitution, and all things American, even in an era of repeatedmass shootings. Yet the all-too-familiar narrative of America's gun past, echoed in the Supreme Court's Heller gun rights decision, is not only mythologized, but historically wrong.As Robert J. Spitzer demonstrates in Guns across America, gun ownership is as old as the nation, but so is gun regulation. Drawing on a vast new dataset of early gun laws reflecting every imaginable type of regulation, Spitzer reveals that firearms were actually more strictly regulated in the country's first three centuries than in recent years. The first "gun grabbers" were not 1960's Chablis-drinking liberals, but seventeenth century rum-guzzling pioneers, andtheir legacy continued through strict gun regulations in the 1920s and beyond. Spitzer examines interpretations of the Second Amendment, the assault weapons controversy, modern "stand your ground" laws, and theso-called "right of rebellion" to show that they play out in America's contemporary political landscape in ways that bear little resemblance to our imagined past. And as gun rights proponents seek to roll back gun laws and press as many guns into as many hands as possible, warning that gun rights are endangered, they sidestep the central question: are stricter gun laws incompatible with robust gun rights? Spitzer answers this question by examining New York State's tough gun laws, where hispolitical analysis is complemented by his own quest for a concealed carry handgun permit and construction of a legal AR-15 assault weapon. Not only can gun rights and rules coexist,but they have throughout American history. Guns across America reveals the long-hidden truth: that gun regulations are in fact as American as apple pie. -- Publisher description
Item Description:Includes bibliographical references (pages 209-253) and index
Physical Description:X, 277 S. 22 cm
ISBN:9780190228583
019022858X