Contemporary World Issues: Gun Control in the United States: A Reference Handbook

Editor/Author Carter, Gregg Lee
Publication Year: 2017
Publisher: ABC-CLIO

Single-User Purchase Price: $60.00
Unlimited-User Purchase Price: $90.00
ISBN: 978-1-4408-3566-7
Category: Social Sciences - Contemporary Issues & Controversies
Image Count: 20
Book Status: Available
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This book offers concise, understandable coverage of all aspects of the issue, including incidence of gun violence; gun control; gun rights; government regulation, legislation, and court decisions; gun organizations (for gun control and for gun rights); gun enthusiast subcultures -- for example, hunters, target shooters, and collectors; and U.S. attitudes toward guns. Many of the covered topics are placed in historical and cross-cultural perspective.

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Table of Contents

    • Preface
    • 1 Background and History
    • Introduction
    • Gun Prevalence, Gun Control, and Violence
    • Cross-National Comparisons
    • The Nature of Gun Violence in the United States
    • Victimization
    • Homicide
    • Suicide
    • Accidental Death and Injury
    • Crime-Related Injury and Assault
    • Active-Shooter, Mass-Murder Events
    • Establishing Causality—Not an Easy Task
    • The Knotty Problems of Causal Direction and Defensive Gun Use
    • The Magnification Hypothesis
    • The Second Amendment
    • How the Proponents of Gun Control View the Second Amendment
    • The Gun Rights View of the Second Amendment
    • A Limited Individual Right
    • Public Opinion and Gun Control
    • Do Americans Want Strict Gun Control?
    • Social and Economic Correlates of Support for Gun Control
    • Is the Will of the People Being Thwarted?
    • The Role of Politics
    • References
    • 2 Problems, Controversies, and Solutions
    • Introduction
    • The Public Health Approach
    • National Violent Death Reporting Systems
    • Controlling Guns in the Home: Child Access Protection Laws
    • Trigger Locks, Internal Locks, and Personalized “Smart Gun” Technologies
    • Cheap Handgun Control
    • Tracing Crime Guns to Reduce Illegal FFL Trafficking
    • Controlling the Trafficking of Cheap Handguns and Other Firearms—Monitoring FFLs and One-Gun-per-Month Laws
    • Transportation of Guns
    • Assault Weapons Control, Including High-Capacity Ammunition Magazines
    • Ballistic Fingerprinting
    • Bullet Serial Numbers and Microstamping
    • Registration
    • Licensing
    • Training
    • Point-of-Sale Controls
    • Background Checks
    • The Secondary Market
    • “Shall-Issue” (Right-to-Carry) Concealed Weapons Laws
    • Open Carry
    • Gun Buyback Programs
    • The Law Enforcement Approach
    • Enforcement of Current Gun Control Laws
    • Gun-Focused/Place-Oriented Community Policing
    • Gun Courts
    • The Lawsuit Approach
    • Product Liability and Other Legal Theories Used in Gun Lawsuits
    • Immunity Legislation
    • Conclusion
    • References
    • 3 Perspectives
    • Introduction
    • Stricter Gun Laws Are Reasonable ad Sensible: Robert J. Spitzer
    • The United States Doesn't Need More Gun Laws—Indeed Fewer: Lawrence Southwick
    • Whether Gun Laws Should Be Strict Depends on the Type of Law: David B. Kopel
    • 4 Profiles
    • The Gun Control Side: Key Individuals and Organizations
    • Individuals
    • Joseph Biden Jr. (1942–)
    • Michael Bloomberg (1942–)
    • Hillary Diane Rodham Clinton (1947–)
    • William J. Clinton (1946–)
    • Philip J. Cook (1946–)
    • Dianne Feinstein (1933–)
    • Gabrielle Giffords (1970–)
    • David Hemenway (1945–)
    • Arthur L. Kellermann (1955–)
    • Barack H. Obama (1961–)
    • Charles E. Schumer (1950–)
    • Robert J. Spitzer (1953–)
    • Franklin E. Zimring (1942–)
    • National Organizations
    • Americans for Responsible Solutions/Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence
    • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence/Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence
    • Coalition to Stop Gun Violence/Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence
    • Everytown for Gun Safety
    • Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health: Harvard Injury Control Research Center
    • States United to Prevent Gun Violence
    • United States Conference of Mayors
    • Violence Policy Center
    • Violence Prevention Research Program
    • The Gun Rights Side: Key Individuals and Organizations
    • Individuals
    • George W. Bush (1946–)
    • Paul D. Clement (1966–)
    • Chris W. Cox (1978–)
    • Jay W. Dickey Jr. (1939–)
    • John D. Dingell (1926–)
    • Alan Merril Gottlieb (1947–)
    • Alan Gura (1971–)
    • Stephen P. Halbrook (1947–)
    • Marion Hammer (1938–)
    • Don B. Kates Jr. (1941–)
    • Gary Kleck (1951–)
    • David B. Kopel (1960–)
    • Wayne R. LaPierre Jr. (1950–)
    • John R. Lott Jr. (1958–)
    • Larry Pratt (1942–)
    • National Organizations
    • Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms/Second Amendment Foundation)
    • Gun Owners of America
    • National Rifle Association
    • National Shooting Sports Foundation
    • 5 Data and Documents
    • Introduction
    • Summaries of Key Federal Gun Laws
    • Mailing of Firearms Act (Miller Act) (1927)
    • National Firearms Act (1934)
    • Federal Firearms Act (1938)
    • Federal Aviation Act (1958)
    • Gun Control Act of 1968
    • Armed Career Criminal Act (1984)
    • Firearms Owners’ Protection Act (McClure-Volkmer) (1986)
    • Law Enforcement Officers Protection Act (1986)
    • Undetectable Firearms Act (Terrorist Firearms Detection) (1988, Reauthorized 1998, 2003, 2013)
    • Crime Control Act (1990)
    • Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act (1993)
    • Public Safety and Recreational Firearms Use Protection Act (Assault Weapons Ban) (1994)
    • Gun-Free Schools Act (1994)
    • Lautenberg Amendment (Domestic Violence Offender Gun Ban) (1996)
    • GCA Firearms Safety Updates (1998)
    • The “Bailey Fix” (1998)
    • Nonimmigrant Aliens Firearms and Ammunition Amendments (2002)
    • Arming Pilots against Terrorism Act (2002)
    • Background Check Restriction (“Tiahrt Amendments”) (2004)
    • Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act (2004, Amended 2010)
    • Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (2005)
    • Child Safety Lock Act (2005)
    • NICS Improvement Act (2008)
    • Protecting the Right of Individuals to Bear Arms in the National Park and National Wildlife Refuge Systems (2009)
    • Amtrak Checked-Baggage Firearms Program (2010)
    • Key State Gun Laws
    • Selected Documents
    • The Second Amendment (1791)
    • District of Columbia v. Heller (2008)
    • 6 Resources
    • Introduction
    • Gun Violence: The United States vs. Other Economically Developed Nations
    • The Second Amendment
    • Public Opinion
    • The Role of Politics
    • Gun Control and Gun Violence: The Public Health Approach
    • Gun Control and Gun Violence: The Law Enforcement Approach
    • Defensive Gun Use
    • Chronology
    • Glossary
    • About the Author