Gun Control

Gun Control

A Documentary and Reference Guide

Book - 2009
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This book compiles for the first time a comprehensive array of documents that explain and illuminate the historical and contemporary context of the modern gun debate. Bringing together over 50 documents from the colonial era to the present, including early colonial laws, founding documents, letters, political debates, federal and state laws, federal and state court cases, and various political documents, this book is an indispensable reference work for those seeking to understand the origins and modern consequences of American gun policy, including the Second Amendment's right to keep and bear arms. Accompanying commentary and analysis is included to help the reader fully understand the meaning of these documents. Numerous bibliographic sources provide additional resources for interested readers. Ideal for undergraduate and high school students, this collection of primary documents surrounding one of America's oldest controversial issues is a must-have for library shelves.
This is the one-stop valuable reference source for students and general readers searching for historical and current information regarding the ever-ongoing gun debate in the United States.

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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. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, c2009
ISBN: 031334566X (alk. paper)
9780313345661 (alk. paper)
Branch Call Number: 344.730533 SPI
Characteristics: xxvii, 333 p. : ill. ; 29 cm

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