The Politics of Gun Control

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Paradigm Publishers, 2012 - Political Science - 247 pages
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In a time when each new accidental death, school shooting, or political assassination draws unprecedented and polemical media attention, Robert J. Spitzer, a member of both the NRA and the Brady Center, steers clear of divisive rhetoric to present the contentious issue of gun control in the United States. Although the topic is controversial, Spitzer's even-handed analysis makes this a perfect example of policy studies in the United States.

New to the Fifth Edition:

* Features a new, in-depth section on the movement to allow gun carrying on college campuses.
* Covers recent public shootings including that of Gabrielle Giffords in Arizona.
* Includes such recent court rulings as D.C. v. Heller, McDonald v. Chicago, and others.
* Offers new data on gun ownership, gun deaths, school shootings, and public opinion on gun control.
* Looks at NRA politics in recent elections.
* Examines ATF role changes in light of increased border patrols and heightened Mexican drug violence.
* Explores phenomena related to social media including gun "meet-ups."

Hear more from Robert Spitzer:

"Five Myths About Gun Control" Washington Post December 21, 2012

"The President's Need for Speed" January 17, 2013

"Government Can Improve Gun Records" The Hill January 14, 2013

"Righting the Gun Debate" LA Review of Books February 10, 2013

Listen to Bob Spitzer talk about gun control on "The Diane Rehm Show".

Bob Spitzer discusses President Obama's Call For Action on Guns "On Point with Tom Ashbrook".

Professor Spitzer chats with Terry Gross on "Fresh Air".

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Review: The Politics of Gun Control

User Review  - Shane - Goodreads

A lot of useful information and some interesting discussions but not as much as I had hoped for. His last chapter in which he outlines a new framework for gun control politics is particularly disappointing. Read full review

About the author (2012)

Robert J. Spitzer is Distinguished Service Professor of Political Science at SUNY-Cortland.

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