Gun Violence in America: The Struggle for Control

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UPNE, 2003 - History - 409 pages
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Few social issues have produced more exaggerated claims and contention among Americans than the struggle to control gun violence. Fuelling the emotional fire in debates between firearm groups such as the National Rifle Association (NRA) and gun control advocates is the dispute over the importance of guns in American culture. Is the fondness for firearms, truly part of a venerable American tradition, one to be observed with very few limits? In this inquiry, Alexander DeConde delves into the myths and politics regarding gun keeping, as well as the controversies over gun use, crime and policing from the early days of the republic to the 21st century. explains why the United States, with all its resources, fails repeatedly to confine gun violence to the same low levels achieved by other advanced democracies. A new epilogue by the author addresses the state of the gun control debate in today's political climate.
  

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Contents

Introduction
3
Direct Federal Controls
137
Guns Flourish Opposition Rises
155
Control Act of 1968
171
Control Groups on the Rise
189
Gun Lobby Glory Years
203
A Wholly Owned NRA Subsidiary?
219
The Struggle Nationalized
235
School Shootings and Gun Shows
265
Clinton v the NRA
281
Summing Up
299
Epilogue
311
Notes
325
Bibliography
357
Index
395
Copyright

The Brady Act
249

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About the author (2003)

Alexander DeConde is Professor of History, Emeritus, at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is the author of Ethnicity, Race, and American Foreign Policy and Presidential Machismo: Executive Authority, Military Intervention, and Foreign Relations, both published by Northeastern University Press.

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