• by Adam Winkler
  • Narrated by John McLain
  • 12 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A provocative history that reveals how guns - not abortion, race, or religion - are at the heart of America's cultural divide. Gunfight promises to be a seminal work in its examination of America's four-centuries-long political battle over gun control and the right to bear arms. In the tradition of Gideon's Trumpet, Adam Winkler uses the landmark 2008 case District of Columbia v. Heller, which invalidated a law banning handguns in the nation's capital, as a springboard for a groundbreaking historical narrative.
From the Founding Fathers and the Second Amendment to the origins of the Klan, ironically as a gun control organization, the debate over guns has always generated controversy. Whether examining the Black Panthers' role in provoking the modern gun rights movement or Ronald Reagan's efforts to curtail gun ownership, 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.


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A Second Amendment Primer

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Anybody who wants to be informed on the "gun" rights conversation that is taking place in this nation, should read this book for a historical perspective.

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- Thomas "A linehaul truck driver that spends most of his driving time at night. FM and talk radio can only take you so far at night, so I have filled my night miles with audiobooks - it is a great fit!"

Interesting insight into America's gun culture

As an Irish national i have always struggled to understand the American relationship with guns. It always seemed unclear to me whether it as a small vocal few who support guns for all or a silent majority who are happy to keep the status quo.
The author purports to be objective in his analysis of the two sides, however the book definitely seems skewed to the pro-gun side. I don't think any American could be totally objective on such a divisive topic.
This is still an interesting insight into the debate and the issues caused by the sheer number of guns in America. Some of the authors arguments against controls being put on assault rifles are less than convincing from my point of view, but the opinion that many of the gun controls proposed would be ineffectual due to the sheer number of firearms available makes sense after listening to this book.
I guess America either has to accept the gun deaths and massacres that seem to inevitably accompany firearms for all, or ban all guns except for very select cases. There doesn't seem to be much middle ground. I'm just thankful i don't live in such a fearful society.
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-21-2013
  • Publisher: Audible Studios