Abstract: A wide-ranging overview of the American gun culture, the history and meaning of the Second Amendment, the criminological consequences of guns, and the policy-making roles of Congress, the presidency, the bureaucracy, interest groups, public opinion, and the political parties.
Keywords: book review, constitution, RKBA, second Amendment, 2nd amendment.
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Title: The Politics of Gun Control, Second Edition
Author: Robert J. Spitzer
Publisher: Chatham House Publishers
Date Published: October 1998
ISBN: 1566430720
LOCN: HV7436.S68 1998
Dewey: 363.3'.3'0973 -- dc21
Pages: 210
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Preface to the Second Edition

Preface to the First Edition


Chapter 1: Policy Definition and Gun Control

Regulation, Public Order, and Public Policy

Guns and Regulation

The Gun Controversy

The Gun Culture

Policy Grid-lock

Social Regulatory Policy Analysis

Chapter 2: The Second Amendment: Meaning, Intent, Interpretation, and Consequences

Historic Roots

The Constitution

The Bill of Rights

The Militia Transformed

Supreme Court Rulings

Other Court Rulings

The Textbook Bill of Rights


Chapter 3: The Criminological Consequences of Guns

America and Violence

Choice of Weapons

Homicide and Malicious Injury





Chapter 4: Political Fury: Gun Politics

Single-Issue Gun Groups: The NRA

Handgun Control, Inc.

The Political Balance and the Invincibility Myth

Public Opinion

Political Parties and Guns


Chapter 5: Institutions, Policymaking, and Guns

Early Legislative Efforts

The Gun Control Act of 1968

The Firearms Owners Protection Act of 1986

The Tide Turns: The Assault Weapons Ban

The Brady Bill

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms

Conclusion: Furious Politics, Marginal Policy

Chapter 6: Gun Policy: A New Framework

Federalism:The Great Regulation Dilemma

Gun Policy Alternatives

The Barriers to Gun Control

The Security Dilemma

The Security Dilemma and the Gun Debate

Non-proliferation and Arms Control


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