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Gun Show Nation: Gun Culture and American…

Gun Show Nation: Gun Culture and American Democracy

by Joan Burbick

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This book, which might have been an interesting history of American gun culture, is instead a tedious political tract. The author tries to tar every movement and organization which supports gun rights, encouraged gun ownership, or opposed gun control with the racism brush. Each and every organization is labelled as appealing to whites, or as serving the interests of whites, or of promoting a white ideal of America. While most such groups shared in the racism of their times, the author presents no evidence whatsoever that any of the groups she discusses were more particularly racist than the society at large, or anti-gun groups of the same period. The racist history of gun control movements in America is completely ignored, and no person or group supporting gun control is ever described with racial qualifiers, and are only ever mentioned as acting in the public interest. This overwhelming bias makes the book a waste of time to anyone other than the student of propaganda. ( )
  argyriou | Aug 31, 2008 |
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