Politics of Gun Control, 5th Edition

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  • Edition: 5th
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  • Copyright: 2011-09-30
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PREORDER YOUR FREE EXAM COPY TODAY! AVAILABLE AUGUST 2011! In the wake of Gabby Giffords and the 2011 Arizona shootings, The Politics of Gun Controltakes on renewed significance. Robert J. Spitzer has long been the '¬Sgo-to guy'¬ on gun control, and his evenhanded treatment of the issue continues to compel interest and interviews by such luminaries as Terry Gross and Keith Olbermann. Where else will you find an author writing on this subject who is a member of both the NRA and the Brady Center? New to the Fifth Edition: '¬¢ Features a new, in-depth section on the movement to allow gun carrying on college campuses. '¬¢ Covers recent public shootings including that of Gabrielle Giffords in Arizona. '¬¢ Includes such recent court rulings as D.C. v. Heller, McDonald v. Chicago, and others. '¬¢ Offers new data on gun ownership, gun deaths, school shootings, and public opinion on gun control. '¬¢ Looks at NRA politics in recent elections. '¬¢ Examines ATF role changes in light of increased border patrols and heightened Mexican drug violence. '¬¢ Explores phenomena related to social media including gun '¬Smeet-ups.'¬ Hear more from Robert Spitzer: Listen to Bob Spitzer talk about gun control on public radio. See Bob Spitzer on "Countdown with Keith Olbermann". Professor Spitzer chats with Terry Gross on "Fresh Air".

Author Biography

is Distinguished Service Professor of Political Science at Suny-Cortland.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
Introductionp. xi
Policy Definition and Gun Controlp. 1
Regulation, Public Order, and Public Policyp. 2
Guns and Regulationp. 3
The Gun Controversyp. 6
The Gun Culturep. 7
Policy Gridlockp. 14
Social Regulatory Policy Analysisp. 16
The Second Amendment: Meaning, Intent, Interpretation, and Consequencesp. 19
Historic Rootsp. 21
The Constitutionp. 24
The Bill of Rightsp. 27
The Militia Transformedp. 29
Supreme Court Rulingsp. 32
Other Court Rulingsp. 38
Bad History Makes Bad Lawp. 39
Conclusionp. 44
The Criminological Consequences of Gunsp. 47
America and Violencep. 50
Choice of Weaponsp. 54
Homicide and Malicious Injuryp. 56
Suicidep. 57
Accidentsp. 61
Self-Defensep. 62
Guns and School Violencep. 76
Gun Carrying on College Campuses?p. 80
Extending the "Castle Doctrine" to America's Streetsp. 82
Conclusionp. 83
Political Fury: Gun Politicsp. 87
Single-Issue Gun Groups: The Nrap. 89
Explaining the Nra's Effectivenessp. 100
The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violencep. 111
The Million Mom Marchp. 112
The Gun Control Movement's Strategic Blundersp. 114
The Political Balance and the Invincibility Mythp. 115
Public Opinionp. 118
Political Parties and Gunsp. 123
Conclusionp. 127
Institutions, Policymaking, and Gunsp. 129
Early Legislative Effortsp. 130
The Gun Control Act of 1968p. 132
The Firearms Owners Protection Act of 1986p. 137
The Tide Turns: The Assault Weapons Banp. 141
The Brady Billp. 147
The Post-Columbine Reactionp. 154
Lawsuit Protection for Gun Manufacturersp. 156
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosivesp. 159
Conclusion: Furious Politics, Marginal Policyp. 166
Gun Policy: A New Frameworkp. 171
Federalism: The Great Regulation Dilemmap. 172
Gun Policy Alternativesp. 174
The Barriers to Gun Controlp. 176
The Security Dilemmap. 178
The Security Dilemma and the Gun Debatep. 180
Nonproliferation and Arms Controlp. 186
Notesp. 191
Indexp. 237
About the Authorp. 247
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