America's gun wars : a cultural history of gun control in the United States / Donald J. Campbell
- Campbell, Donald J., 1948-
- Santa Barbara, CA : Praeger, 
- Physical Description:
- viii, 196 pages ; 24 cm
- Introduction: An American controversy -- Oringins of American and gun culture -- The emerging cultural rift : 1910-1940 -- Cultural coexistence : 1940-1960 -- Cultural upheaval : 1960-1970 -- The rift widens : 1970-1990 -- Further rifting : 1990-2000 -- Cultural ascendancy : 2001-2016 -- Culture war assessment : 2017-2018.
- America's Gun Wars 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. Written by a social scientist who has spent his life exploring how values and self-perceptions impact behavior, this book explores the origins and evolution of cultures in American society; the beliefs, experiences, and principles that guide the behavior of members in both camps; and the triumphs and failures that the two sides have experienced from colonial times to the present day. -- Provided by publisher.
- 9781440870293 (hardcopy ; alk. paper) and 1440870292
- Bibliography Note:
- Includes bibliographical references and index.
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