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Women & Guns: Politics and the Culture of…

Women & Guns: Politics and the Culture of Firearms in America, Expanded…

by Deborah Homsher

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Study of the gun debates that skewed American politics in the 1990s, interwoven with interviews of women who have very different opinions about guns, gun safety, gun self-defense.
This book is about American women in the 1990s, their experiences with guns and their responses to the ferocious public debate about guns and violence that irrevocably changed our national politics, making them more hotly partisan. The author has interviewed women from every walk of life, average citizens in a variety of situations, whose engagement with guns is recreational, peripheral, or tragic. These women include attendees at an anti-gun rally in Washington; victims of gun violence and spousal abuse; members of a shooting club; women who hunt, or who carry handguns for self-defense; women who participate in "gun games"; female militia members; inner city women, mothers of wounded young men; and a host of others. Women and Guns examines how anti-gun and pro-gun advocacy groups used statistics and stories as ammunition in their rhetorical battles, and how the phrases they popularize then influence - but do not entirely determine - women's perspectives on their own lives and the state of the nation.

"Congratulations on an excellent book! You managed to capture the subtle nuances of the pros and cons of many firearms-related issues, while presenting a thoughtful mix of facts, opinions, and personal stories of people who are deeply concerned about these complex questions. I've already recommended your book to someone who is putting together a seminar on women's self-defense for undergraduates." - Lyn Bates, vice-president AWARE (Arming Women against Rape and Endangerment)

" ... by examining the lives of real women living very different lives, and their relationships with guns, Homsher helps us all to think more clearly and perhaps to be more willing to join others of different persuasions in lifting that big gear back into place, the way democracy is meant to work: Discuss, understand, compromise, settle, and move forward." - Perspectives on Political Science

"Women and Guns is neither pro- nor anti-gun control, but a clear, balanced, methodical, insightful examination of what is happening with respect to this hot button social issue. Highly recommended for academic and community library reference collections, Women and Guns throws a spotlight of information and resources on the pressing danger and allure of guns in American society." - The Midwest Book Review ( )
  d.homsher | Mar 19, 2007 |
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