The Gun Debate: What Everyone Needs to Know

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No topic is more polarizing than guns and gun control. From a gun culture that took root early in American history to the mass shootings that repeatedly bring the public discussion of gun control to a fever pitch, the topic has preoccupied citizens, public officials, and special interest groups for decades.


Gun Guys: A Road Trip, by Dan Baum

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“Gun Guys: A Road Trip” is the (nonfiction) tale of a liberal Democrat gun owner who takes to the road to try to understand and document gun owners in America. This is a must-read for anyone interested in the gun debate

Here is armed America—a land of machine-gun gatherings in the desert, lederhosened German shooting societies, feral-hog hunts in Texas, and Hollywood gun armories. Whether they’re collecting antique weapons, practicing concealed carry, or firing an AR-15 or a Glock at their local range, many Americans love guns—which horrifies and fascinates many other Americans, and much of the rest of the world. This lively, sometimes raucous book explores from the inside the American love affair with firearms.


Don’t Shoot:

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One Man, A Street Fellowship, and the End of Violence in Inner-City America, by David M. Kennedy This book describes the development of Operation Ceasefire, also commonly known as the Group Violence Intervention, which the author introduced in Boston, Massachusetts to combat gang-related violence in poor, predominantly black neighborhoods.


Gunfight by Adam Winkler

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Constitutional lawyer, Adam Winkler, traces the history and current state of America’s battle over gun control.


The Second Amendment, A Biography by Michael Waldman

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By the president of the prestigious Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law, the life story of the most controversial, volatile, misunderstood provision of the Bill of Rights.