Disarmed: The Missing Movement for Gun Control in America

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Princeton University Press, 2006 - Law - 282 pages
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"Having been involved in the gun safety movement since tragedy struck my family in 1993, I understand full well the history of the gun-control movement and the difficulties it has experienced, particularly in light of today's political environment in Washington. Disarmed is an excellent study of the efforts put forth by so many to reduce gun violence."--U.S. Representative Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY), founder of the Carolyn McCarthy Center on Gun Violence and Harm Reduction

"Kristin Goss has done important work here that fundamentally tells the history of the gun debate over the past twenty-five years and of the efforts of the opposing sides to outmaneuver each other. She deserves praise for research that is remarkable both in quality and in volume, and for presenting a massive body of facts in an extremely readable fashion."--Sarah Brady, Honorary Chair, Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence

"This outstanding book combines theoretical import with a highly topical policy issue in a form that is exceptionally readable, engaging, thoughtful, mature, and insightful. Superb and inventive data analysis brings the book's theoretical formulations to life as they are applied to one of the most intractable, controversial, and interesting policy issues of the last century, gun control. No one has examined the issue from this end of the lens--the pro-control side--with such analytical depth and rigor until now."--Robert J. Spitzer, author of "The Politics of Gun Control"

"This book represents a fantastic project, well argued and well-written and much needed. Focusing on a critical policy topic, Kristin Goss posits a strong new idea for studying social movements--why they don't emerge or maybe why they undermobilize. The smooth, almost seamless movement between social and political theory and case material is, quite frankly, the strongest I have ever seen."--Bryan Jones, author of" Politics and the Architecture of Choice," coauthor of "Agendas and Instability in American Politics"


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An interesting, insightful look at how generally positive American public opinion towards gun control failed to coalesce into a movement or produce any considerable legislation, particularly when compared to NRA lobbying. Less an evaluation of pro- and anti-gun rights arguments (though that comes through) and more about very different histories of the political actors representing either side of the gun debate. A worthwhile study of the silent majority when it comes to the gun debate and has interesting implications for American political movements in general.
Far from embarrassing herself, the author argues her point with care and rationality, which I suppose is a bit foreign to the gun debate as a whole.

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Yet another misguided attempt to justify disarming Americans. The author is unable to support her claims and ultimately embarrasses herself.


The Gun Control Participation Paradox
A Movement in Theory
Socializing Costs Patronage and Political Participation
Personalizing Benefits Issue Frames and Political Participation
Changing the Calculation Policy Incrementalism and Political Participation
Mobilizing around Modest Measures Three Cases
Conclusion Politics Participation and Public Goods
GunRelated Trends
Brief Case Studies of Other SocialReform Movements
Survey of Million Mom March Participants

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