When it comes to the argument for stricter gun control, advocates can use all the help they can get. Here is the last installment in this series of books that should be read by anyone who favors stricter laws when it comes to the sale and purchase of firearms. If you’d like to purchase any of these books, visit this page and click on the links beneath the title you’re interested in.
Adam Winkler’s “Gunfight: The Battle Over the Right to Bear Arms in America”
Gun-rights advocates should perhaps be the ones to read this exposition, as it details the landmark 2008 District of Columbia v. Heller case. For the uninitiated, this case ruled — in a 5-4 decision — that the Second Amendment protects an individual’s right to possess a firearm independently, unconnected with service in any militia (despite the appearance of the phrase “well-regulated militia” in the amendment itself). Winkler is a law professor who argues that the absolutist view taken by many people on this issue is the driving force behind America’s political strife.
Lee K. Abbott’s “One of Star Wars One of Doom”
This 2007 short story follows a high school civics teacher and two students, the latter of whom are carrying out their plan to execute a campus shooting as the story unfolds. The teacher is too distracted to realize that the sounds he’s hearing are actual gunfire — something that likely happens more often than not when these tragedies occur. One of Star Wars One of Doom takes readers on an intimate tour of the carnage that unfolds when the bullets start to fly.
Craig Whitney’s “Living With Guns: A Liberal’s Case for the Second Amendment”
Whitney, as both a political liberal and NRA member, serves as a living contradiction to Winkler’s argument that the gun debate issue is largely black-and-white. On the contrary, he seeks to close the gap between gun-control advocates and Second Amendment absolutists. His moderate — and therefore unusual — take on the issue is based around the aim of reducing the number of gun deaths, regardless of politics. This sort of “can’t we all just get along?” approach is admirable, but it’s unlikely to work unless more Americans are willing to open books like this one.