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Gun Control in the United States

A Reference Handbook

Gun Control in the United States by Gregg Lee Carter
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This balanced, objective examination of the gun control debate in America gives the general reader access to contemporary research on both sides of the argument. There are as many guns in the United States as there are adults, and each year, many of those guns are used to kill people. The issue of gun control is hotly debated across the country. Available information, even from scholars, tends to be agenda-driven and objective information is not easy to find. Too often, the subject of gun control is treated simplistically - from Second Amendment absolutists to abolitionists. Simple answers, however, mask complex realities. This book, by a scholar of gun control and the author of ABC-CLIO's award-winning "Guns in American Society", provides no answers. It does, however, present all aspects of the issue evenhandedly, giving the reader both sides of the debate on all the issues and, thus, the tools to make an informed decision. This accessible book breaks the gun control debate into digestible topics: history, effectiveness, comparison with other industrialized countries, legislation and court cases, individuals and organizations, and reliable further resources.

Readers seeking confirmation of their preconceptions will be disappointed; those looking for a thorough presentation of all the issues will be richly rewarded.

ABC-CLIO; July 2006
436 pages; ISBN 9781851097654
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Title: Gun Control in the United States
Author: Gregg Lee Carter