". . . an excellent compilation of primary documents and other information on one of the most contentious and divisive topics that many first-year students research for entry-level English and speech classes. . . . The easily comprehensible format, the many bibliographic sources provided, and the list of gun control Web sites will enhance students' research. . . . This book, on a vital and interesting topic, would be an excellent addition to large public libraries and to high school and college libraries. . . . Highly recommended."
"The topic of gun control has been covered in several publications: Glenn Utter's The Encyclopedia of Gun Control and Gun Rights (Oryx Pr., 2001) and Gregg Lee Carter's Guns in American Society: An Encyclopedia of History, Politics, Culture, and the Law (ABC-CLIO, 2002) are two fairly recent examples. Spitzer (political science, SUNY Cortland), who has published other works on the issue, including The Right To Bear Arms: Rights and Liberties Under The Law (ABC-CLIO, 2001) and The Politics of Gun Control (Chatham House, 1995), has compiled 54 documents arranged into eight broad categories. Each document is followed by an analysis of the significance and meaning of the document regarding gun control. The volume covers constitutional and other government documents, court decisions, acts passed by legislatures, as well as other writings such as the Federalist Papers. BOTTOM LINE There is very little overlap between this work and Greenwood's Gun Control Debate: A Documentary History (1997), edited by Marjolin Bijlefeld, which consists of speeches and editorials as opposed to the preponderance of legal documents in Spitzer's volume. The two volumes are more complementary than duplicative. The added analysis in Spitzer's work also separates it from the earlier effort. Ideal for undergraduates."
"Spitzer (political science, State U. of New York-Cortland) has assembled documents that illustrate the history, evolution, scope and consequences of the issue of gun control. Original documents are important for anyone studying or taking part in the debate, he says, because so much information is distorted—deliberately or not—during emotional exchanges and
pronouncements. He also explains the context and impact of each document. The primary arrangement is chronological, with sections on founding documents, the Second Amendment and early laws, early US and state court rulings, 20th-century US Supreme and lower-court rulings, modern gun laws, and the states and two major parties."
"This useful compilation is recommended for public, secondary school, college, and university libraries."
"With many suggestions for further research, this guide will be useful in high school, public and college libraries."