Politics of Guns
many of our customers are interested
in gun politics as well as gun laws,
we now carry the best books available
on gun policy in the United States.
Why do people cry out for
"gun control" laws?
Are crime and guns directly
Who should have guns?
What does the Second Amendment
What happened to the good
old American values?
If these issues are important to you, try the books on
this page. These are the best of the best, written by
the leaders in the field, giving you a sound factual and
moral basis for understanding the role guns play in American
society, politics and national safety.
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The book went on sale in November 2009
This is one amazing new book!
FROM LUBY'S TO THE LEGISLATURE
One woman's fight against gun control
Suzanna Gratia Hupp $22.95 Hardcover
Surviving a mad-man's rampage where 23 innocent people are slaughtered can really ruin your day -- and change your life forever.
Suzanna watched as both of her parents were cut down, while her own gun sat useless in her vehicle -- because a hopelessly bad law banned it in the Luby's restaurant, and she followed that rule. She had a clear closeup shot at the psycho, and couldn't take it.
Infuriated by the denial of her rights and the price she paid for feel-good do-nothing harmful laws, she won a seat in the Texas legislature and successfully battled to put gun laws on the side of the innocent. National media didn't know what to make of her, a decent, soft spoken, intelligent woman campaigning to arm the public. She tells her story in a compelling way, going from a naive young lady to a freedom fighter we can all look up to for inspiration.
The book gives you chills, makes you want to cheer -- a first-person survivor's account of one of America's worst atrocities, and the aftermath that helped us all.
Neal Knox: The Gun Rights War
Dispatches from the front lines
Compiled and annotated by Chris Knox, $24.95
For almost 40 years, nothing in the gun-rights movement happened outside of the influence of Neal Knox. A prolific writer, stalwart defender of freedom, bare-knuckled inside fighter, and ardent fan of anything that goes "bang!" here at last is the book that brings it together. The core of the writing that built his reputation, and protected the rights you enjoy today. If you've enjoyed decades of classic Neal in Shotgun News you'll savor every page. If you don't know what that means, here's your chance to look at how the gun-rights war has really been fought -- and needs to be fought in the future.
• The inside story of the power struggle that gave the NRA presidency to Charlton Heston instead of Neal -- by four votes!
• Neal's prediction that suicide terrorists might use jets as weapons a dozen years before the 9-11 attacks; the odd connection between the Bradys and the CIA; how Republicans tried to derail the Gun Owners Protection Act, so much more.
• True stories of guns, guts and glory in the Second Amendment battle for freedom to keep and bear arms.
Neal is: "A dark force within the NRA" (New York Times);
"The evil genius at NRA" (Ted Kennedy); "The conscience of the gun rights movement" (Gun Week). “A hero -- no, the hero -- of the 20th century gun-rights movement.” -Tanya Metaksa, former Executive Director, NRA-ILA
The book went on sale July 4, 2009
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Bias Against Guns
Why Almost Everything You've Heard About Gun Control Is
by John R. Lott, Jr., Ph.D.,
List price $27.95; Our price only $19.95!
Dr. Lott has assembled the hard proof for what so many
of us have recognized -- the news media portrayal of guns
and gun issues is completely wrong. They virtually exclude
anything positive about guns, and distort the rest. Tremendous facts and figures for convincing skeptics. More
than a dozen scholarly studies show millions of defensive
gun uses (DGUs) annually, but here's what Lott found the
news showed in 2001: USA Today: 5,660 words on gun crime,
zero on DGUs; NY Times 50,745 words on gun crimes, DGUs
161 words (one story about an off-duty cop); All three networks
combined, 190,000 to zero. Dan Rather got ripped for one
bogus story, but for decades he's been suppressing the truth.
This book lays it all out in plain simple terms with countless
examples you expect from a statistically competent Ph.D.,
and compelling narrative that makes Lott a true leader in
Essays on the Ethics of Gun Control
by Attorney Jeff Snyder, $14.95
These are simply some of the most brilliant essays ever
written on this subject. The title essay has become globally
famous and circulated on the web for years. The rest are
as good or better. His basic premise is that you and you
alone own your life, and that it is unethical, immoral and
politically corrupt to entrust your right to your own life
to someone else, or to abdicate the tools needed to protect
yourself and your loved ones. People who would take these
rights from you, or encourage you to abandon them, even
if they believe they are doing good, are the worst kind
of cowards and represent the opposite of American values.
Guns, Less Crime:
Understanding Gun Control Laws, 2nd Edition
By John R. Lott, Jr., $18.00
This is the classic, published by the University of Chicago
Lott, a senior research scholar at Yale who has since become
famous for this work, conducted a statistically sound, scientifically
valid analysis of every local county in America, and found
that gun ownership reduces crime rates. Unlike bogus "studies"
conducted by anti-rights activists, Lott published all his
research data, and other scholars confirmed the results.
This book pulls the rug out from under the lies and scare
tactics of bigots who hate people and their guns, and instead
substitutes something many people sensed all along -- the
fact that gun ownership, and more specifically, the right
to carry, has a positive effect in reducing crime.
"The most rigorous and comprehensive analysis ever
done on crime statistics and right-to-carry laws."
-U. of Chicago Press
"John Lott documents how far politically correct vested
interests are willing to go to denigrate anyone who dares
disagree with them. Lott has done us all a service by his
thorough, thoughtful, scholarly approach to a highly controversial
issue." -Milton Friedman
"By providing strong empirical evidence that yet another
liberal policy is a cause of the very evil it purports to
cure, he has permanently changed the terms of debate on
gun control... Lott's book could hardly be more timely...
a model of the meticulous application of economics and statistics
to law and policy." -National Review
"More, Guns, Less Crime is one of the most important
books of our time. It provides thoroughly researched facts
on a life and death subject that is too often discussed
on the basis of unsubstantiated beliefs and hysterical emotions.
"His empirical analysis sets a standard that will be
difficult to match... this has got to be the most extensive
empirical study of crime deterrence that has been done to
date." -Public Choice
Formerly available only as an expensive hardcover, now an
Samurai, The Mountie, and The Cowboy
Should America adopt the gun controls of other democracies?
by David B. Kopel, $37.98
Kopel meticulously and with luscious style compares the
gun consciousness, gun policies and gun laws of Japan, Canada,
Great Britain, Switzerland, Jamaica, New Zealand, Australia
and the United States, for an eye-opening comparison of
the cultures, social values, safety and relative freedom
of these countries. This book is a joy to read. There is
no better way to get a sense of what the gun laws are like
in other lands, and gain a deep appreciation of why the
United States is the linchpin of freedom on planet Earth.
He puts to rest once and for all the false notions that
it's better over there because their governments are so
strict and authoritarian, and documents his observations
and conclusions with more than 1,000 footnotes. Given our
attachment to individualism, equality and a government that
serves the people, he concludes that encouragement of mature,
responsible gun use is the best policy for this country.
"A superb piece of scholarship, admirable for its
integrity and painstaking research. Kopel provides the fresh
air of reason in a national debate too often marked by acrimony
and prejudice." -Tom Clancy
"In this superbly documented and persuasively argued
book, Kopel does more than demonstrate why gun controls
would not work in America; he reminds us that legal controls
ought to support, not replace, self-control." -Thomas
Szasz, Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry, State University
of New York
"A compelling look at how other democracies have attempted
to solve their own gun problems, and what we can learn from
these countries... Kopel proposes a responsible firearms
policy that makes sense for the United States."
If you want a reference to the gun laws of the entire world, click here
for the 64-nation Worldwide Gun Onwer's Guide.
From The Herd
by Craig J. Cantoni, $18.95
Outstanding insight into why government is broken, in
easily digested small bites. Understand how government policy
and creeping socialism are helping the American Dream slip
away. "Cantoni packs more incisive thought and reasonable
solutions into each of dozens of short essays than many
writers fit in a full book." Truly gets to the heart of the
problems our rights face today from newspapers, the school
system, government, taxes, do-gooders, and both political parties.
Cantoni shines light on the abuses of bureaucrats who care
more about their jobs than your rights, entire agencies
dedicated to taking your money and giving it to other people,
a tax system that knows no limits, reporters who willingly
aid and abet monstrous government infringements on freedom,
and a teacher's union that is rotten to the core. Learn
what it will take to fix the greatest challenges America
by John Michael Snyder, $6.95
The Catholic Church recognizes patron saints over many
human activities. Why not a patron saint of handgunners,
asks this devoutly religious and long-time gun-rights lobbyist.
A stunning conception, beautifully supported.
His candidate is St. Gabriel Possenti, who rescued villagers
in Italy from a marauding band of thugs in 1860, by picking
off a lizard with a single shot, terrifying the gang and
causing them to flee. Possenti was canonized in Rome in
1920 by Pope Benedict XV, and author Snyder says it would
be appropriate to make him a patron saint. Includes a remarkably
clear description of the church process for such activities,
so church members can pursue this goal.
NEW DICTIONARY OF LEGAL TERMS
by Irving Shapiro, 16.95
Definitions for nearly 10,000 words and phrases that are
the language of law, especially well done for non-lawyers.
Convenient size, impressive encyclopedic resource is handy
for anyone who writes, speaks or uses legal terms including
police, attorneys, judges, paralegals, students, court staff,
plus, has a helpful pronunciation key for clear articulation
New Perspectives on Gun Control
by Gary Kleck and Don B. Kates Jr., $30.98
"If you believe, as I once did, that we can reduce
violent crime by simply restricting gun ownership, you should
read this book. It will change your basic beliefs. -Steven
B. Duke, Professor of Law, Yale University
The key stats you always hear about are in this book: the ground-breaking summary of 13 key studies of DGUs -- Defensive Gun Uses -- that show millions of armed self-defense incidents every year. Plus, the Kleck/Kates survey that found 2.5 million DGUs and is mentioned in every serious research paper on the subject. If you want the facts and figures, this book belongs in your library.
The gun control debate is often obscured by strong emotions
and unproven assumptions. According to conventional wisdom
accidents with handguns account for a significant number
of deaths among children, gun owners endanger themselves
more than they ward off potential criminal assailants, and
there is a widespread legal consensus that the Second Amendment
does not support the individual right to bear arms. All
of these assumptions, and many others, say researchers Gary
Kleck and Don Kates, are contradicted by the weight of criminological
and legal evidence. Hoping to disentangle myth from reality,
the authors summarize the results and policy implications
of recent state-of-the-art research on guns and violence
in accessible, non-technical language.
Among the topics addressed are media bias in coverage of
gun issues, the distorting effects that a covert prohibitionist
agenda has on the debate over more moderate measures for
reducing gun violence, the frequency and effectiveness of
the defensive use of guns, and a close analysis of the Second
This well-argued and scrupulously researched volume is essential
for any full understanding of the complex gun issue.
Gary Kleck (Tallahassee, FL) is professor at the School
of Criminology and Criminal Justice of Florida State University.
Don B. Kates (Novato, CA) is a partner at the national law
firm of Benenson & Kates.
Who Should Have Them?
Edited by David B. Kopel, $35.98
Going beyond the emotional appeals and stilted rhetoric
on gun control, Guns tackles the problems in a straight-forward,
intelligent manner. Each chapter in this powerful volume,
written by leading experts in law, criminology, medicine,
psychiatry, and feminist studies, addresses a major issue
in the gun-control debate. The conclusions of this carefully
detailed and superbly argued study are difficult to deny:
"gun control" is a red herring that has been deflecting
attention from the true causes of crime, namely, the breakdown
of the family; failed social welfare programs; and increasing
hopelessness among male youths, especially in our troubled
"The book's exceptional documentation is a valuable
resource for those who want more ammunition to defend their
gun rights. . . also has the freshest and most thorough
look at the gun issue from a woman's perspective . . ."
"If this is a U.S.-based book examining a right which
has effectively disappeared here (Great Britain), why should
we urge people in this country to read it? The fact is that
we can use it to destroy many of the myths, particularly
the 'look at what happens in America' syndrome. We can study
the real effects of gun availability and the benefits of
gun control and, through an absolutely outstanding series
of references to other studies we can enlarge our knowledge.
. . .We must become better informed and this book is one
means of so doing." -Guns Review
". . . a welcome addition to the criminal justice bookshelf."
-Criminal Justice Newsletter
". . . [a] mountain of documented facts, statistics,
news stories, anecdotes, and testimonies that clearly disprove
most of the beliefs of the gun control people. .. . Here
is constitutional freedom for men, women, blacks, and other
minorities like the elderly. This book is an intellectual
tour-de-force." -Critical Review
". . . an important contribution to an important debate.
It is a fiery and interesting book." -Perspectives
on Political Science
Gun Control Debate:
You Decide, Second Edition
Edited by Lee Nisbet, Ph.D., $24.98
Columbine and other highly publicized shootings have kept
America's century-old gun debate in the forefront of public
Using selections from historians, criminologists, social
scientists, public health specialists, and jurists, Dr.
Nisbet provides an in-depth analysis of the central issues
involved in our debate over guns. By providing a set of
critical-thinking questions, with examples of experts raising
these very points, Nisbet invites readers to evaluate gun-control
issues more deeply and thoroughly than is possible in the
popular media's portrayal of the issue.
Among the questions addressed are:
- Does the availability of guns influence levels, patterns,
and concentrations of violent crime?
- If so, how, and what are the policy implications?
- Do guns for self-defense menace gun owners and their
families more than protect them?
- Should women, in particular, arm themselves?
- How should we interpret the Second Amendment?
- How does the gun debate reflect underlying cultural
Containing twenty-nine new articles and an entirely new
section on the media called, "The Gun Control Debate
in the Age of (Mis)information," this new revised edition
provides the most up-to-date research on this hotly contested
topic. The contributors include B. Bruce-Briggs, Philip
J. Cook, Barry Glasner, Gordon Hawkins, Richard Hofstadter,
Don B. Kates Jr., Gary Kleck, David Kopel, John Lott, Joyce
Malcolm, Gary Wills, Mary Zeiss Stange, Franklin E. Zimring,
No matter what side of the debate you're on, this outstanding
collection of the best articles on gun control will give
you the critical-thinking tools and the facts needed to
understand the complexities of this controversial issue.
Lee Nisbet, Ph.D. is professor of philosophy at Medaille
College, Buffalo, NY, and a founding member and fellow of
the Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims
of the Paranormal (CSICOP). He writes and lectures frequently
on the application of logical and psychological critical-thinking
techniques to controversial policy issues.
ON A LIGHTER NOTE:
Good Citizen's Handbook:
A Guide To Proper Behavior
by Jennifer McKnight-Trontz, $12.95
Stunning guidance from civics, scouting and even government
handbooks from decades ago.
I have never seen a book like this one -- it is a collection
of wisdom from before America's values fell into a sewer.
With original drawings from the 1920s to the late 1950s,
here is what made America great -- the dignity, courtesy
and goals we all stood for. You'll remember it all, a flood
of ethical nostalgia, with more value today than ever:
This book is a kick -- it re-awakens a part of you that has
been numbed and dumbed down by television, Hollywood, and
the mindless talking heads of the news machinery. Get a copy
and feel a smile peal across your face, walk out your door
with a brisk step, renewed vigor and a sense of purpose you
had all but lost.
- Penmanship counts
- The dangers of delinquency
- The importance of playing fair
- A good citizen eats plenty of meat
- The benefits of cheerfulness
- Code of the Junior Rifleman
- Good citizenship in your neighborhood
- Outdoor activities for family fun
- A good little boy never talks back
- Tips to ensure that work doesn't dominate your life
- Why it's never right to poison the neighbor's dog
... and a unique experience:
Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook
by Joshua Piven and David Borgenicht, $14.95
An indispensable guide for surviving life's sudden turns
for the worst. Survival experts provide illustrated, step-by-step
instructions on what you need to know FAST:
- How to take a punch
- How to deliver a baby in a taxicab
- How to jump from a moving car
- How to stop a car with no brakes
- How to escape from a bear (with separate entries for
snakes, mountain lion, killer bees, charging bull, alligator
- How to treat a bullet or knife wound
- How to use a defibrillator
- How to perform a tracheotomy
- How to land the plane
- And much much more!
Amazing reading, this compelling page-turner gives you
the real skinny on stuff you've mostly only seen as movie
mythology. This book is the extra step for anyone who keeps
a gun for safety.
"Ramming a car to move it out of your way is not easy
or safe, but there are some methods that work better than
others and some that will minimize damage to your vehicle...
The best way to hit a car blocking your path is to clip
the very rear of it, about one foot from the rear bumper.
The rear is usually the lightest part of a car, and it will
move relatively easily..."
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