Knowing Guns: The Ins and Outs of Firearms and Firearm Politics for the Uninitiated
No matter where you stand in the debate on guns, getting good, unbiased information is often difficult. "Knowing Guns" is an attempt to correct this deficit. Written for everyone from those completely unfamiliar with firearms to the enthusiast/activist on either side of the debate, readers will refer to this book again and again. Fully footnoted with sources. More
Guns are a hot topic. They’re controversial. They’re political. A discussion on guns is a discussion about life and death, and this brings morality and emotion into play. Public opinion is divided and entire groups have aligned against one another, each one touting “facts” that support their positions. The news media is also divided, some taking strong opinions seemingly backed up by careful research while others offer opinions without qualification. So where is the truth? For those unfamiliar with guns and the politics surrounding them, finding good, solid information can be tricky.
It gets even trickier when "politricks" enters the picture. Misinformation, disinformation and lies are nearly indistinguishable from the truth to the casual observer. Many of the individuals, groups and organizations speaking to the subject seem credible, they can't all be correct. What is needed is a non-partisan, apolitical source to guide a novice through the intricacies of these issues, showing connections, objectives and motivations of these groups and their followers.
Knowing guns does this and more, answering the most common questions that continually arise when the topic is guns.
The book begins with a foreword from the author, giving the reader a good look at the background of exactly who it is doing the talking. This provides valuable context beyond the typical “resume” provided by most authors, as well as perspective. Knowing Guns asks the questions the reader wants asked, and provides clear, unambiguous answers. When opinion does appear, it is clearly stated as such, with the reasoning behind it. Finally, the book concludes with a glossary of terms and a suggested reading list so that those new to firearms can continue their educational journey. If guns and their politics is your interest, then this is a book you'll refer to again and again!
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