ABC-CLIO

Gun Control in the United States

A Reference Handbook, 2nd Edition

by Gregg Lee Carter

 

Does the failure to enact strict U.S. gun control laws reflect the true will of the people, or the power of the NRA and other gun rights groups?

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January 2017

ABC-CLIO

Pages 401
Volumes 1
Size 6x9
Topics Politics, Law, and Government/U.S. Public Policy and Administration
  Current Events and Issues/Society

This up-to-date second-edition work will stimulate and clarify readers' thinking on the key issues surrounding guns in the United States—especially on the debate over gun control.

Most public debate and discussion about guns in U.S. society is rarely guided by research—not surprising, as most individuals have a personal opinion on this highly inflammatory topic based on their upbringing or personal experiences. Additionally, most research about gun use in America is confusing and contradictory, making it difficult for citizens to gain much from their attempts to investigate the topic objectively.

This book offers concise, understandable coverage of all aspects of the issue, including incidence of gun violence; gun control; gun rights; government regulation, legislation, and court decisions; gun organizations (for gun control and for gun rights); gun enthusiast subcultures—for example, hunters, target shooters, and collectors; and U.S. attitudes toward guns. Many of the covered topics are placed in historical and cross-cultural perspective.

The new edition of Gun Control in the United States: A Reference Handbook enables the reader to navigate and interpret the research to become sufficiently educated on any specific aspect of the gun issue to make an informed decision—for example, whether to support stricter or more lenient gun control; whether to become a gun owner; whether to support a particular political party or candidate; or whether to develop or to refine a particular philosophy regarding guns. Other aspects of the contemporary gun debate that are addressed include whether the Supreme Court's ruling that the Second Amendment guarantees an individual right will withstand future challenges, whether the strong gun regulations used in Europe would be effective and applicable in reducing gun violence in the United States, and whether the diversity explosion created by the high rate of immigration from countries where guns are strictly controlled will soon change the politics of the U.S. gun control debate.

Features

  • Provides a balanced view of the contemporary gun debate in the United States, explaining the positions of both gun rights proponents and advocates of stricter gun control without demonizing either
  • Draws on a vast array of research in criminology, history, law, medicine, politics, and social science to provide one of the most comprehensive single-source references on gun issues
  • Presents current and historical data on U.S. gun violence—including homicides, suicides, and accidental shoots—and places these numbers against international statistics on gun violence, thereby providing the context to enable readers to reach their own opinion on the gun debate
Series Description

Contemporary World Issues


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This award-winning series offers comprehensive, one-volume reference handbooks on important topics related to health, education, the environment, and social and ethical issues.

A world of questions demands a library of answers. Contemporary World Issues covers the controversial topics that students, readers, and citizens want to read about, write about, and know more about. Visit the entire list of titles in the series at www.abc-clio.com.

Features

  • Subject coverage spans six main categories:
  • CRIMINAL JUSTICE
  • ENVIRONMENT
  • GENDER AND ETHNICITY
  • POLITICS, LAW, AND GOVERNMENT
  • SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, AND MEDICINE
  • SOCIETY
  • Each volume offers a rich array of resources:
  • A background and history essay that provides essential context and grounding for further study
  • A balanced summary of ongoing controversies and proposed solutions that show numerous paths for further research on pressing, contemporary questions
  • A forum of authoritative perspective essays by experts, offering a broad spectrum of arguments on the issues
  • Carefully selected annotated documents, tables, and graphs that supports statistical literacy and investigation of primary sources
  • A chronology of events, legislation, and movements that place events in sequence and draw connections between them
  • Annotated lists of print, Web, and multimedia resources that power the next steps for in-depth research
  • Profiles of key players and organizations
  • A glossary of key terms
Author Info

Gregg Lee Carter is professor of sociology at Bryant University in Smithfield, RI. He has authored or edited 23 books, including the first edition of ABC-CLIO's Gun Control in the United States: A Reference Handbook; Guns in American Society: An Encyclopedia of History, Politics, Culture, and the Law; and The Gun Control Movement. His writings on contemporary social issues have also appeared in more than a dozen academic journals. More information on his professional life and avocations is available at web.bryant.edu/~gcarter.

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Reviews

"The new content in this critical debate is presented in a balanced approach to educate readers about gun control and the specific laws and legislation in place at federal and state levels of U.S. government. . . . . Summing Up: Recommended. High school through undergraduate students; professionals/practitioners."—Choice

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