America's Great Gun Game

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iUniverse, Jul 2, 2007 - Political Science
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More than 30,000 American deaths are caused each year by firearms, and more than 230,000,000 guns exist in the United States today. "America's Great Gun Game: Gun Ownership vs. Americans' Safety" presents two sides of the gun issue- the gun control advocates, the silent majority; and the gun rightssupporters, the vocal minority. Author Earl E. McDowell urges the silent majority to become the vocal majority as he tackles the controversial topics of gun control and concealed carry laws.

Unlike other volumes on the gun issue, "America's Great Gun Game" challenges the National Rifle Association's interpretation of the Second Amendment by citing the opinions of Supreme Court justices, the president of the American Bar Association, state and federal legislators, and former U.S. presidents. McDowell traces attempted presidential assassinations and presents a detailed account of the gun movements from 1922 through 2000, assessing which side won the gun game for each movement. "Gun Game" is unique, as it also reports statistics on how guns affect women and children and which women's and children's organizations support gun control.

"America's Great Gun Game" presents McDowell's thoroughly researched argument in favor of stopping the proliferation of guns throughout the United States and the increasing need for federal gun control legislation.

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Poorly written drivel from a vanity press. All the more appalling when McDowell claims to be a university professor and the author of "two academic books" and "hundreds" of academic articles.
McDowell unquestioningly repeats pro-gun control lobbyists' claims while making numerous factual errors about existing and proposed laws.
McDowell's thesis --- that the Second Amendment is a collective rather than an individual right --- has been completely discredited by the Supreme Court's Heller and McDonald decisions. Turns out that the NRA's version --- that the Second Amendment protects an individual citizen's right to own a gun --- was the correct one after all.
McDowell's other claim --- that there is a "silent majority" that wants gun control --- falls apart when one looks at reality. American voters are picking candidates who promise to support gun rights. Americans are buying guns in record numbers, month after month. "Shall issue" concealed carry permit laws --- and "Constitutional carry" laws that eliminate the requirement for a permit --- are now the norm.
The NRA has record numbers of members, while the pro-gun control organizations that McDowell claims speak for the "silent majority" can scarcely afford to pay the rent on their DC offices as their always scanty membership numbers dwindle into nothingness.

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