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Gunfight: The Battle Over the Right to Bear Arms in America : The Battle over the Right to Bear Arms in America
A provocative history that reveals how guns-not abortion, race, or religion-are at the heart of America's cultural divide.Gunfight is a timely work examining America's four-centuries-long political battle over gun control and the right to bear arms. In this definitive and provocative history, Adam Winkler reveals how guns-not abortion, race, or religion-are at the heart of America's cultural divide. Using the landmark 2008 case District of Columbia v. Heller-which invalidated a law banning handguns in the nation's capital-as a springboard, Winkler brilliantly weaves together the dramatic stories of gun-rights advocates and gun-control lobbyists, providing often unexpected insights into the venomous debate that now cleaves our nation.
"Adam Winkler tells the remarkable story of the rag-tag group of libertarian lawyers who challenged nearly a century of lower-court precedent to bring a clear-cut Second Amendment case to the Supreme Court. . . . . An engaging and provocative legal drama about the six-year courtroom journey of District of Columbia v Heller and a fascinating survey of the misunderstood history of guns and gun control in America." - Wall Street Journal
"A potboiler of constitutional interpretation and is both a vital history and an intellectually satisfying, emotionally rewarding tale of a great case." - Los Angeles Times
"A succinct and fascinating introduction to the legal and historical issues at the heart of the gun debate." - Chicago Tribune
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W. W. Norton & Company
September 01, 2011
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