Gun Politics in America: Historical and Modern Documents in Context, 1st Edition

  • Harry L. Wilson
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  • ISBN-10: 1440837295
  • ISBN-13: 9781440837296
  • DDC: 344.7305
  • Grade Level Range: 9th Grade - College Senior
  • 912 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2016 | Published/Released September 2016
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2016

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Offering the most complete collection of primary documents on the subject of guns and gun politics, this two-volume set will give readers a comprehensive, unbiased understanding of the complex and often-surprising evolution of gun ownership, gun culture, and gun politics in the United States. This fascinating history is examined through approximately 150 primary source documents from the Colonial era to the present day. Each section opens with an informative headnote that provides important context for understanding the social and political milieu in which the document was created.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Guns in a Frontier Nation.
1: Controlling Slaves and Free Blacks in the Colonies: Acts from Virginia (1680) and South Carolina (1712).
2: Connecticut Firearm Impressment Law (1756).
3: George Washington's Early Revolutionary War Thoughts on the Value of the Militia (1776).
4: A Firearms Provision in Pennsylvania's State Constitution (1776).
5: Pennsylvania Establishes Loyalty Oath as a Prerequisite for Gun Ownership (1777).
6: James Madison Proposes to Fine Firearms Owners for Flouting Gun Regulations (1779).
7: The Militia Clauses in the U.S. Constitution (1787).
8: Divergent Views of the Citizen Militia: Webster (1787) and Madison (1788).
9: The Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution (1791).
10: The Militia Acts Authorize the President to Set Militia Standards (1792).
11: Congress Addresses Control of Militias with the Calling Forth Act (1792).
12: Equality, Civilized Society, and the Right to Bear Arms: Joel Barlow (1792).
13: Louisiana's Black Code Bans Gun Ownership by Slaves (1806).
14: State Court Decisions Define the Right to Keep and Bear Arms (1822–1859).
15: Barron v. Baltimore Holds That the Bill of Rights Does Not Apply to the States (1833).
16: Technological Advances, Sporting Arms, and the Emerging Civilian Firearms Market: Colt Advertisement (1860).
17: Notes.
Firearms Regulations in the Post–Civil War South and the Western Frontier.
18: Providing Aid to Former Slaves: Freedmen'S Bureau Act (1866).
19: Kansas Enacts a Ban on Carrying Deadly Weapons (1867).
20: The Fourteenth Amendment is Adopted (1868).
21: The National Rifle Association Finds a Shooting Home (1872).
22: The Post–Civil War South, Race, and the Fourteenth Amendment: U.S. v. Cruikshank (1876).
23: An Illinois Court Affirms the Militia Interpretation of the Second Amendment (1879).
24: Tombstone, Arizona, Prohibits Carrying a Firearm in Town (1881).
25: May Citizens Form Their Own Military Groups? Presser v. Illinois (1886).
26: Texas Governor Jim Hogg Lambasts Those Who Carry Concealed Firearms (1893).
27: Notes.
Prohibition-Era Violence Brings Federal Gun Control.
28: The Origin of the Collective Right Theory: Salina v. Blaksley (1905).
29: Pennsylvania Prevents Noncitizens from Owning Long Guns: Commonwealth v. Patsone (1911).
30: The Birth of Modern Gun Control: The Sullivan Act (1911).
31: Police Commissioner of New York City Calls for Better Firearms Training for Officers (1919).
32: The American Bar Association Recommends Banning Handguns (1922).
33: NRA Shooting Clubs and Police Training (1923).
34: National Standards Developed for Machine Guns and Other Firearms: The Uniform Machine Gun Act (1932).
35: Gangster Violence Gains National Attention: The Kansas City Massacre (1933).
36: Women's Group Takes on the NRA over Handgun Regulation (1934).
37: National Firearms Act of 1934.
38: The NRA President Testifies in Favor of State Gun Regulations (1934).
39: Franklin Roosevelt Discusses the National Firearms Act (1934).
40: Federal Firearms Act (1938).
41: The Department of Justice Argues for Collective Right Interpretation of the Second Amendment (1939).
42: The Supreme Court Upholds Gun Control: United States v. Miller (1939).
43: A Federal Court Responds to the Supreme Court Ruling in U.S. v. Miller (1942).
44: Notes.
The Tumult of the 1960s Brings a New Politics of Confrontation.
45: Two Prominent Democrats Describe Gun Ownership as a Safeguard against Tyranny (1960).
46: President Lyndon Johnson Addresses the Crime Problem (1965).
47: Senator Thomas Dodd Introduces New Gun Control Legislation (1965).
48: President Johnson Pushes Again for Gun Control (1968).
49: President Johnson Signs the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act (1968).
50: President Johnson Urges Passage of the Gun Control Act (1968).
51: A Study Commissioned by Gun Manufacturers Calls for New Firearms Regulation (1968).
52: The Gun Control Act of 1968.
53: The Kerner Commission Recommends New Gun Control Measures (1968).
54: A Scathing Dissent on Gun Control from a Liberal Justice (1972).
55: President Richard Nixon Discusses Gun Control (1973).
56: Senator Ted Kennedy Introduces a Bill Calling for Major New Handgun Regulations (1975).
57: Senator Roman Hruska Offers an Alternative Handgun Policy (1975).
58: Ford Administration Officials Discuss Handguns and Gun Control (1975).
59: A Pollster Decries the Lack of Political Leadership on Gun Control (1975).
60: Washington, D.C., Enacts a Strict Gun Law (1976).
61: President Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter Debate Gun Control (1976).
62: The U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Gun Regulations as a Reasonable Exercise of Police Power (1980).
63: Notes.
Intensifying Divisions over Gun Control during the Reagan Years.
64: The Town of Morton Grove, Illinois, Bans Handguns (1981).
65: The Town of Kennesaw, Georgia, Mandates Firearms Ownership (1982).
66: Ronald Reagan Addresses the NRA Annual Meeting (1983).
67: Reagan Signs the Law Enforcement Officers Protection Act (1985).
68: A Survey of Criminals Sheds Some Light on Gun Procurement and Use (1986).
69: Congress Debates the Firearms Owners Protection Act (1986).
70: Sarah Brady and the American Medical Association Speak Out in Favor of Waiting Periods and Background Checks (1988).
71: Gun Rights Advocates Argue Against a Waiting Period for Handgun Purchases (1988).
72: Democratic Lawmakers Exchange Words with Gun Rights Leaders over Background Checks and Waiting Periods (1988).
73: The Standard Model and Interpreting the Second Amendment (1989).
74: President George H. W. Bush Comments on Gun Control Early in His Term (1989).
75: Differing Perspectives on Gun Violence Prevention and Handguns for Self-Defense (1989).
76: A School Official Extols the Social Value of Shooting Sports (1989).
77: A Police Officer Discusses Irresponsible Gun Ownership and the Toll of Guns in Schools (1989).
78: Debating Firearms Education, Licensing, and NRA Methods on Capitol Hill (1989).
79: Notes.