Gun Guys: A Road Trip

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Mar 5, 2013 - Social Science - 352 pages
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Dan Baum is a gun fanatic. He is also Jewish Democrat who grew up in suburban New Jersey. In Gun Guys, he takes us on a guided tour of gun stores and gun shows, shooting ranges and festivals, contests and auctions, trying to figure out what draws so many of us to guns in the first place. Is it just part of being American?  Introducing a wide cast of characters, Baum shows both sides of the gun culture in America, bringing an entire world vividly to life, and in doing so helping to find a middle ground in the gun debate, where actual conversation can take place.

 

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User Review  - DinadansFriend - LibraryThing

An investigation into gun culture in America. The reporter spends time inside the gun culture and tours the country being easily identified as a member. He analyses the divide between the two groups ... Read full review

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User Review  - dickmanikowski - LibraryThing

I deplore stereotypes, but I'll admit to being what I perceive to be a typical liberal. I didn't grow up using guns. I've never been tempted to hunt (though various relatives do). And I have a knee ... Read full review

Contents

PROLOGUEIBIG BANG
3
BARBIE FOR MEN
11
CONDITION YELLOW
25
THEiGUN
53
BLOWBACK
67
FUDD LIKE ME
81
FLICKED OFF
93
THE RUBBERGUN SQUAD
102
ITS NOT GOING TO BITE
149
SPIN DRIFT
164
FRIEDRICH AND BARNEY
180
HE UPPED l UPPED
191
THE ARMED BONEHEAD
228
DEAD AGAIN
241
SAMBA
273
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
285

BRING IT ON GOD DAMN IT
119
CONDITION BLACK
134

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About the author (2013)

Dan Baum is the author of Nine Lives, Smoke and Mirrors, and Citizen Coors. He was a staff writer for The New Yorker and has written for Rolling Stone, Harper’s MagazineThe New York Times Magazine, and many other publications.

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