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The world we live in today is plagued by mass shootings and despair. Our great nation has experienced more death tolls from gun violence than any other first world country. There are many debates going on that talk about whether or not America should see stricter gun laws but often times, these debates are noisy and don’t accomplish much. If these debates can’t prove to the American people that we are in need of stricter gun laws, then here’s part one of a reading list that will surely have you convinced.

Michael Waldman’s “The Second Amendment: A Biography

One of the most misinterpreted and highly misunderstood parts of our legal system is what the Second Amendment is truly about. Throughout this book, Michael Waldman explains all the different interpretations of the Second Amendment throughout history. He also discusses that the right to own a gun is not what was meant when the constitution was written but instead it’s actually a modern day phenomenon and only passed by the US Supreme Court in 2008.

Pamela Haag’s “The Gunning of America: Business and the Making of American Gun Culture

Pamela Haag is a historian who takes a deep look into our country’s gun ownership history. She argues that the relation between American patriotism and gun ownership originated by gun manufacturers marketing their product. This marketing campaign became so successful that it’s been weaved into our politics and everyday lives.

Dennis A. Henigan’s “Lethal Logic: Exploding the Myths That Paralyze American Gun Policy

Throughout Dennis Henigan’s book, he explores the specific messaging done by the NRA to target their markets and make themselves rich. It’s also noted how little regard gun enthusiasts have for the safety, health, and well-being of everyone but instead are more focused on the politics of the issue.

Check back next month for more books on this topic from authors Sue Klebold, Wally Lamb, and Gin Phillips!