By Kristin A. Goss

More than the other complicated commercial democracy, the U.S. is besieged via firearms violence. every year, a few 30,000 humans die via gunfire. Over the process its historical past, the country has witnessed the murders of liked public figures; massacres in places of work and colleges; and epidemics of gun violence that terrorize neighborhoods and declare tens of hundreds of thousands of lives. Commanding majorities of american citizens voice aid for stricter controls on firearms. but they've got by no means fastened a real nationwide move for gun keep watch over. Why? Disarmed unravels this paradox.

Based on old documents, interviews, and unique survey facts, Kristin Goss means that the gun regulate crusade has been stymied by means of a mix of things, together with the shortcoming to safe patronage assets, the problems in articulating a message that will resonate with supporters, and strategic judgements made within the identify of potent coverage. the facility of the so-called gun foyer has performed an incredible position in hobbling the gun-control crusade, yet that isn't the whole tale. rather than pursuing a technique of incremental switch at the neighborhood and country degrees, gun keep watch over advocates have sought nationwide guidelines. a few forty% of country gun keep watch over legislation predate the Seventies, and the gun foyer has systematically weakened even those longstanding restrictions.

A compelling and engagingly written examine considered one of America's such a lot divisive political concerns, Disarmed illuminates the organizational, historic, and policy-related components that constrain mass mobilization, and brings into sharp reduction the agonizing dilemmas confronted by way of advocates of gun keep watch over and different concerns within the United States.

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