eBook America's Gun Wars: A Cultural History of Gun Control in the United States, 1st Edition

  • Donald J. Campbell
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  • ISBN-10: 1440870306
  • ISBN-13: 9781440870309
  • DDC: 363.330973
  • 208 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2019 | Published/Released October 2019
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2019
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This title contends that an understanding of America's gun controversy cannot be found in statistics documenting the rise (or fall) of violent crime, or in examining trade-offs between societal needs and personal safety, or in following the political maneuvering of advocacy groups such as the National Rifle Association or Everytown for Gun Safety. At heart, the gun controversy is a values conflict involving how people see themselves and how they make sense of the world they live in. Understanding this controversy requires a deep analysis of the profoundly different cultures inhabited by pro- and anti-gun activists, lawmakers, and voters. As a social scientist who has explored how values and self-perceptions impact behavior, this author explores the origins and evolution of cultures in American society; the beliefs, experiences, and principles that guide behavior of members in both camps; and the triumphs and failures they have experienced from colonial times to the present day.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
1: Introduction: An American Controversy.
2: Origins of American Gun Culture.
3: The Emerging Cultural Rift: 1910–1940.
4: Cultural Coexistence: 1940–1960.
5: Cultural Upheaval: 1960–1970.
6: The Rift Widens: 1970–1990.
7: Further Rifting: 1990–2000.
8: Cultural Ascendancy: 2001–2016.
9: Culture War Assessment: 2017–2018.
About the Author.