Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
978-0-7425-5347-7 • Hardback • July 2006 • $153.00 • (£119.00)
978-0-7425-5348-4 • Paperback • July 2006 • $62.00 • (£48.00)
978-1-4616-3716-5 • eBook • July 2006 • $56.00 • (£43.00)
Harry L. Wilson is professor and director of the Center of Community Research and Public Affairs at Roanoke College.
Chapter 1 Preface
Chapter 2 Introduction
Chapter 3 Guns and the Constitution
Chapter 4 Statistics and Firearms
Chapter 5 Gun Policies
Chapter 6 Public Opinion
Chapter 7 Interest Groups, Gun Control, and Elections
Chapter 8 Guns in the Media
Chapter 9 A View from a State: Gun Policy in Virginia
Chapter 10 Politics and Gun Control Policy—Present and Future
Wilson's book lucidly examines the key issues surrounding the contemporary debate over gun control. His work is well grounded in the latest scholarly literature and the best available data.
— Gregg L. Carter, Ph.D., Chair of the Department of History & Social Sciences, Bryant University
Provides and excellent assessment of why the billions of dollars that have been spent have yielded so little success.
— Philip Kronebusch; Law and Politics Book Review
Wilson strives to bring rationality and logic to an issue too often defined by hysterically emotional arguments and moral claims. Rather than a simple evaluation of various gun policies, Wilson examines the factors and factions involved in the creation of those policies, as well as the effects the policies have had on the political fortunes of the major players in the struggle. Wilson presents an evenhanded account of the issues, and places what can be an alarming and confusing collection of statistics into an easily understood context that helps the reader come to his or her own conclusions outside of the polemical 'noise' typically heard.
— Eric Primm, Pikesville College; Criminal Justice Review
A wonderful introduction to the far-reaching significance of firearms in America. This work is a very good supplement for an Introduction to American Politics class, allowing the instructor to weave a single topic through the many elements covered during such a course. The book helps the reader understand the parameters of the issue, by exploring the current structure of gun control politics and addressing the related conflict over the presentation and interpretation of information related to guns, gun safety, and crime. The author deftly handles a powerful topic, by making sound work accessible to the reader.
— John M. Bruce, Dept of Political Science, University of Mississippi
- Accessible introduction to hot policy topics.
- Grounded in original research.
- Establishes connections among parties, interest groups, and the media so that students better understand the policy-making process