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Title The politics of gun control / Robert J. Spitzer.
Imprint New York, NY : Routledge, 2021.
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Edition Eighth edition.
Description 1 online resource (xv, 283 pages)
Bibliog. Includes bibliographical references and index.
Note <P> Preface New to this Edition Acknowledgments About the Author Introduction 1. Policy Definition and Gun Control 2. The Second Amendment: Meaning, Intent, Interpretation, and Consequences 3. The Criminological Consequences of Guns 4. Political Fury: Gun Politics 5. Institutions, Policymaking, and Guns 6. Gun Policy: A New Framework</P>
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Bio/Hist Note Robert J. Spitzer is Distinguished Service Professor and Chair of the Political Science Department at the State University of New York College at Cortland. He served on the New York State Commission on the Bicentennial of the U.S. Constitution, and from 2001 to 2003, was president of the Presidency Research Group of the American Political Science Association.
Note Description based on online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on November 12, 2020).
Subject Gun control -- United States.
United States.
Genre Electronic books.
Contents Cover -- Half Title -- Title Page -- Copyright Page -- Dedication Page -- Contents -- Preface -- New to this Edition -- Acknowledgments -- About the Author -- Introduction -- 1. Policy Definition and Gun Control -- Regulation, Public Order, and Public Policy -- Guns and Regulation -- The Gun Controversy -- The Gun Culture -- Policy Gridlock -- Social Regulatory Policy Analysis -- 2. The Second Amendment: Meaning, Intent, Interpretation, and Consequences -- Historic Roots -- The Constitution -- The Bill of Rights -- The Militia Transformed -- Supreme Court Rulings -- Other Court Rulings
Bad History Makes Bad Law -- Conclusion -- 3. The Criminological Consequences of Guns -- America and Violence -- Choice of Weapons -- Homicide and Malicious Injury -- Suicide -- Accidents -- Self-Defense -- Guns and School Violence -- Gun Carrying on College Campuses? -- Stand Your Ground" Laws: Extending the "Castle Doctrine" to America's Streets -- Conclusion -- 4. Political Fury: Gun Politics -- Single-Issue Gun Groups: The NRA -- Explaining the NRA's Effectiveness -- The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence -- The Million Mom March -- New Gun Control Groups Enter the Fray
The Gun Control Movement's Strategic Blunders and Newfound Strength -- The Political Balance and the Invincibility Myth -- Public Opinion -- Political Parties and Guns -- Conclusion -- 5. Institutions, Policymaking, and Guns -- Early Legislative Efforts -- The Gun Control Act of 1968 -- The Firearms Owners Protection Act of 1986 -- The Tide Turns: The Assault Weapons Ban -- The Brady Bill -- The Post-Columbine Reaction -- Lawsuit Protection for Gun Manufacturers -- Sandy Hook -- The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives -- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Conclusion: Furious Politics, Marginal Policy -- 6. Gun Policy: A New Framework -- Federalism: The Great Regulation Dilemma -- Gun Policy Alternatives -- The Barriers to Gun Control -- The Security Dilemma -- The Security Dilemma and the Gun Debate -- Nonproliferation and Arms Control -- Index
Summary The new edition of this classic text covers the latest developments in American gun policy including the most recent shooting incidents that persist in plaguing the American landscape. Continuing a multi-decade trend, crime generally remains low throughout the US, but mass shootings have increased in both number and lethality, stoking greater support for gun laws among the public. Two seismic political events are highlighted in the eighth edition. The first is the ascendance of the gun safety movement, culminating in numerous electoral victories for gun law supporters in 2018 congressional and state races around the country. This outcome, which contributed to the Democrats' capture of the House of Representatives for the first time since 2008, also demonstrates that support for stronger gun laws could be a winning issue for proponents in 2020 and beyond. The second political development featured is the financial, political, and legal crises that beset the nation's oldest and most powerful gun group, the National Rifle Association. These crises are sufficiently grave that they may pose an existential threat to the organization's traditional dominance in the realm of gun politics. Author Robert J. Spitzer has long been a recognized authority on gun control and gun policy. His even-handed treatment of the issue--as both a member of the NRA and the Brady Center--continues to compel national and international interest, including appearances on major media such as the PBS NewsHour. The eighth edition of The Politics of Gun Control provides the reader with up-to-date data and coverage of gun ownership, gun deaths, school shootings, border patrols and new topics including universal background checks, limits on large capacity ammunition magazines, and "red flag" laws. New to the Eighth Edition Covers the ascendance of the Second Amendment sanctuary and gun safety movements, resulting from heinous shootings in Las Vegas and Parkland, Florida. Tracks the financial, political, and legal crises that threaten the dominance of the National Rifle Association. Examines new policy measures including universal background checks, limits on large capacity ammunition magazines, the bump stock controversy, and "red flag" laws, among others.
Other Title Print version: 9780367502867