• Do Guns Make Us Free?

  • Democracy and the Armed Society
  • By: Firmin DeBrabander
  • Narrated by: Gary D. MacFadden
  • Length: 8 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 04-17-18
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: University Press Audiobooks
  • 3 out of 5 stars 3.0 (3 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

An essential examination of the political and philosophical arguments of the contemporary gun rights movement in the United States
Possibly the most emotionally charged debate taking place in the United States today centers on the Second Amendment to the Constitution and the rights of citizens to bear arms. In the wake of the Sandy Hook school massacre in Connecticut, the gun rights movement, headed by the National Rifle Association, appears more intractable than ever in its fight against gun control laws. The core argument of Second Amendment advocates is that the proliferation of firearms is essential to maintaining freedom in America, providing private citizens with a defense against possible government tyranny, and thus safeguarding all our other rights. But is this argument valid? Do guns indeed make us free?
In this insightful and eye-opening analysis, the first philosophical examination of every aspect of the contentious and uniquely American debate over guns, Firmin DeBrabander examines the claims offered in favor of unchecked gun ownership. By exposing the contradictions and misinterpretations inherent in the case presented by gun rights supporters, this provocative volume demonstrates that an armed society is not a free society but one that actively hinders democratic participation.
The book is published by Yale University Press.
"This sharply written book challenges prevailing arguments about the relationship between guns and freedom....” (Harvard Law Review)
“Essential...sophisticated...eminently readable and persuasive...brilliant.” (The American Interest)
“Convincingly argues that guns are restricting freedom rather than expanding it.” (The National Catholic Review)
©2015 Firmin DeBrabunder (P)2018 Redwood Audiobooks
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4 out of 5 stars
By cosmitron on 04-26-18

More discussions regarding Gun rights are needed.

Would you listen to Do Guns Make Us Free? again? Why?

Yes....... but more debate is needed on both sides so that a compromise can be created
for both sides of this very important issue.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Do Guns Make Us Free??


Have you listened to any of Gary D. MacFadden’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No.......... but he is a pro and did a good job.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

What does gun rights mean in a modern Democratic country ?

Any additional comments?

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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1 out of 5 stars
By Shannon G on 05-22-18

Preachy & a Waste of Time

I was hoping this would be a true debate on guns and gun control. I was hoping the author would give both sides of the story, that of the gun owner and those who oppose them.This book comes across as preachy and one man's determination to make everyone see his point of view about guns. If you truly want to know what laws about guns there are then look it up on the internet! He gives false information about the laws and doesn't offer the truth. I am pro-gun but I also think the system could do better in who is allowed to have the guns. However, there will never be a way to completely control gun ownership. If a gun is wanted bad enough, a way will be found to get it! One thing to remember is that guns do not kill people, people kill people. Without someone to load the gun and pull it's trigger, it is just an inanimate item, nothing more, nothing less. If you truly want information about what is happening in gun control today, please do your own research and find out the truth and facts! Do not take someone else's idea of truth and facts as your own, they may be wrong.

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