The right to bear arms.

[1st ed.].. New York, McGraw-Hill [1966] .

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Subjects Armes à feu -- Droit -- États-Unis.
Armes à feu -- Industrie et commerce -- États-Unis.
Firearms -- Law and legislation -- United States.
Firearms -- Law and legislation.
Firearms industry and trade -- United States.
Firearms industry and trade.
United States.
Description 392 pages 22 cm
Copyright Date [1966]
Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 359-362).
Summary This book argues in favor of strict gun control laws, describing a large number of handgun murder cases and fatal accidents and critically analyzing some organization's arguments against such controls. The book opens by describing 19 gun murders, accidents, and suicides which occurred across the country on one specific day; among the incidents recounted is the assassination of President Kennedy. An overview of the policies and regulations of various states and other countries illustrate the inadequacy of gun controls in the United States and the ease with which anyone can obtain firearms. Excerpts from conversations with gun dealers and manufacturers show the attitudes and philosophies of those who provide individuals with firearms. The murder rates of major American cities are examined, along with the frequency with which guns are used in the commission of other crimes. A separate chapter is devoted to a discussion of cases in which family members, friends, lovers, and relatives have shot and killed each other with easily obtained guns, many of them over trivial arguments. Several multiple murders, mothers killing all of their children and then themselves, are also reported. The peculiar American attraction for guns, the 'firearms mystique, ' is analyzed. Popular sports (e.g., skeet, target shooting, and hunting), the legends of and fascination with the American West and its emphasis on gun handling ability, and psychological analyses of the attraction to firearms are discussed. The positions of various organizations against gun controls (such as the National Rifle Association -- NRA, the Ku Klux Klan, and hunting publications) or for them (National Wildlife Federation, the International Association of Chiefs of Police) are presented. The lobbying efforts of the NRA in particular are highlighted. Ineffective state laws and an entire history of federal failure to implement effective firearms controls are discussed at length. The issue of firearms safety and the NRA's emphasis on safety education rather than safety laws is also treated. Gun control opponents' arguments of the need for a well-armed citizenry in case of a foreign invasion of the U.S. is critically examined, and the supposed constitutional right to bear arms, along with Supreme Court interpretations of the Second Amendment, are explored. Finally, a discussion of the various types of gun control legislation which could be enacted and other action which could be taken to restrict firearms is presented. Appendix provides summaries of federal and state firearms laws; tables showing the number of deaths due to firearms in the U.S. and in 15 other countries from 1900 to 1964; and a statement of policy of the NRA. A bibliography, notes, and an index are provided.
Contents 1. Prologue : a day of death -- 2. License to kill -- 3. Lethal tools and the lawless -- 4. Are you ever safe from a gun? -- 5. The firearms mystique -- 6. Inside the world of guns -- 7. The NRA : vigilante on the Potomac -- 8. The futility of state laws -- 9. Federal controls : a history of failure -- 10. The NRS versus Senator Dodd -- 11. This stain of violence -- 12. Forgotten local lessons of the assassination -- 13. Safety education versus safety laws -- 14. Personal protection, crime and punishment -- 15. A nation of riflemen -- 16. What right to bear arms? -- 17. Guns, recreation and conservation -- 18. 17,000 lives a year : can they be saved? -- Appendix I. Digest of federal firearms laws -- Appendix II. Digest of state firearms laws -- Appendix III. Death due to firearms in the U.S. -- Appendix IV. Deaths due to firearms in 16 countries -- Appendix V. Statement policy of the NRA -- Bibliography -- Acknowledgments, notes and sources -- Index.
Geographic Area United States
Network Numbers (OCoLC)338692
WorldCat Search OCLC WorldCat
WorldCat Identities Bakal, Carl, 1918-
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