Gunfight: The Battle Over the Right to Bear Arms in America

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W. W. Norton & Company, Sep 19, 2011 - History - 361 pages

A provocative history that reveals how guns—not abortion, race, or religion—are at the heart of America's cultural divide.

Gunfight is a timely work examining America’s four-centuries-long political battle over gun control and the right to bear arms. In this definitive and provocative history, Adam Winkler reveals how guns—not abortion, race, or religion—are at the heart of America’s cultural divide. Using the landmark 2008 case District of Columbia v. Heller—which invalidated a law banning handguns in the nation’s capital—as a springboard, Winkler brilliantly weaves together the dramatic stories of gun-rights advocates and gun-control lobbyists, providing often unexpected insights into the venomous debate that now cleaves our nation.

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This 2016 book takes as its premise that there is a strong constitutional basis for an individual right to bear arms in self-defense, and that there would be due to dozens’ of states’ constitutions ... Read full review

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Probably the single best book on the tangled history of gun ownership and gun regulation in the United States. There's plenty here to upset and offend extremists on both ends of the question. Winkler ... Read full review


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Adam Winkler is a professor at UCLA School of Law, where he specializes in American constitutional law. His scholarship has been cited by the Supreme Court of the United States and his writing has appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, New Republic, Atlantic, Slate, and Scotusblog.

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