“Remarkably balanced reportage…” – The New Republic reviews the book
These are the words used of ‘The Way of the Gun’ in a recent review by The New Republic.
“Remarkably balanced…reportage…. A portrait of the deforming power of firearms in our lives builds steadily throughout the narrative.”
“…One passage in particular, dwelling on the singularity of U.S. gun policy, is worth quoting at length:
Elsewhere in the world mass shootings have provoked governments to introduce ways to prevent future mass shootings. After the Hungerford and Dunblane massacres, in England and Scotland, respectively, the British government brought in stricter gun controls. When fourteen were killed in Aramoana, New Zealand, lifetime gun licenses were replaced by ten-year ones. The massacre of sixteen in Erfurt in Germany in 2002 led to the screening of buyers under the age of twenty five. … In Australia, the Port Arthur massacre led the Conservative Government to ban automatic and semi-automatic weapons as well as initiate a nationwide gun buyback scheme.
After citing a blizzard of facts showing the efficacy of these various legislative maneuvers—falling murder rates in every single country in which gun control was introduced—he goes on to say, “The U.S., though, is different. It is the only country in the world where, following a mass shooting, the nation has responded with loosening, not tightening, gun laws.”
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