When a gunman opened fire in Sutherland Springs, Texas on Saturday, the 377th mass shooting of 2017 took place. He killed 28 men, women, and children as well as injuring 30 more. It’s hard to understand why things like this happen so often in our country. These 7 books about guns can help you understand their violent history and the fight to control them. It is one of the most polarizing issues in the United States right now, and it comes to the forefront after a tragedy like the shooting at a church on Sunday. There are a lot of people who think that less regulation and more private gun ownership can help stop mass shootings, but most people don’t agree with them. Sixty-four percent of people who took part in a new POLITICO/Morning Consult poll after the mass shooting in Las Vegas in October say that stricter gun laws should be put in place.
In the aftermath of a tragedy, politicians often say that talking about gun control is not the right thing to do. Millions of people across the country are now demanding that the government do more: make stricter rules about how guns can be sold and how they can be used. In the debate over gun control and regulation, here are seven books that you should read. They’re all about guns and their complicated and violent history in the United States and how people have used them.
‘The Gun Debate: What Everyone Needs to Know’ by Philip J. Cook and Kristin A. Goss
The Gun Debate is one of the most insightful books in Oxford’s popular “What Everyone Needs to Know” series. It gives a clear-eyed look at one of the country’s most contentious issues. They look at the history of guns in the United States, as well as the most recent research and data on gun ownership, firearm violence, the gun industry, and public policy aimed at limiting guns. This book is written by economist Philip J. Cook and political scientist Kristin A. Goss. It’s written in the format of a question-and-answer, which makes it easy for anyone who wants to learn more about guns, violence, and politics in the United States.
‘Gunfight: The Battle Over the Right to Bear Arms in America’ by Adam Winkler
History of gun control and the right to bear arms by constitutional law professor Adam Winkler is a thought-provoking look at the complicated relationship between Americans’ love of guns and their fight to control them. How does Gunfight look at the Second Amendment? It looks at the case of District of Columbia v Heller, which was a six-year legal fight that ended when the District of Columbia’s handgun ban was overturned. Gunfight is both informative and fun. It shows a new way to look at a long-running debate.
‘Private Guns, Public Health’ by David Hemenway
When it comes to guns, David Hemenway, who is director of both the Harvard Injury Control Research Center and the Harvard Youth Violence Prevention Center, looks at it as a public health issue. Using easy-to-read research and facts-based arguments, he clearly and convincingly lays out a plan to cut down on gun violence in the United States. Private Guns, Public Health is a must-read because it’s smart, interesting, and important.
‘Citizen-Protectors: The Everyday Politics of Guns in an Age of Decline’ by Jennifer Carlson
People in the U.S. are very pro-gun, so sociologist and writer Jennifer Carlson jumped right in to the world of people who own guns. Carlson draws on her own experiences at pro-gun rallies, firearm training classes, and NRA events to show how people carry guns as part of everyday life. Citizen-Protector, which is both interesting and educational, might change how you think about the relationship between Americans and their guns. It’s a good movie.
‘The Gunning of America: Business and the Making of American Gun Culture’ by Pamela Haag
Pamela Haag’s book on the history of guns is a great way to learn more about guns in the United States, which is why it’s important to read it. A book by Haug called The Gunning of America looks at the history of the Winchester Repeating Arms company, which is one of the biggest and best-known manufacturers of guns in the United States. In doing so, she shows how the gun business has helped shape the irresistible story of how much Americans love guns and how important the right to bear arms is in the United States. She also shows how the story has changed over time.
‘The Second Amendment: A Biography’ by Michael Waldman
One of the most controversial parts of the Constitution is the Second Amendment. It says that people have a right to keep and bear arms, even if they don’t like it. In this fun book, Michael Waldman talks about the amendment’s history, its creation, and the ongoing debates about its true meaning in the public and the political world. The Second Amendment should be required reading for anyone who wants to get into the debate about guns and gun control. It’s both interesting and thought-provoking.
‘Stand Your Ground: A History of America’s Love Affair with Lethal Self-Defense’ by Caroline Light
Pro-gun politicians and activists are very likely to say that more people should own guns and there should be less regulation after a tragedy like a mass shooting. Even though Caroline E. Light talks about the history of self-defense in the United States, she doesn’t talk about it in her book, “Stand Your Ground.” She shows how this “DIY-security” causes unjust violence, including who it helps and who it hurts the most. She draws from historical examples and current research to show how this “DIY-security” causes unjust violence.
Treasures of the NRA Museum By Jim Supica, Doug Wicklund, and Philip Schreier
It has been more than two decades since Phil Schreir has worked at the NRA museum. He has most recently been the senior curator. There are beautiful pictures and illustrations and a lot of history in this well-designed hardcover book. It was written by someone who knows a lot about the subject. The book is a compilation of hundreds of the most important pieces in the NRA museum. It shows guns from as far back as the 17th century, and shows how they were used. The next best thing to going to the NRA museum itself. This is the next best thing.
If you’re interested in guns as a way to learn about the history and politics of the United States and the world, or if you just like the feel of firing a gun, this list of seven classic books about guns is sure to have something for you. Each person who owns a gun should read the books on this list, even if they just like to look at them.