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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)
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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.
12 of 12 people found this review helpful
By Kingsley on 06-14-18
One sided but very interesting
Firmin DeBrabander has put together a fine deconstruction of the pro-gun argument, as well as a defense for changing gun laws, and why we are likely not safer by having guns, and open carry etc. He looks at it from practical, legal, social, psychological and philosophical positions. And he presents a very strong argument. It's well reasoned, informative, and interesting. It is also well researched and well written.
The main issue I have with the book is it is one sided. DeBrabander deconstructs the pro-gun argument, but using quotes from the pro-gun position. It is him presenting his understanding or what they are arguing, and I know that at least one of his points of understanding is off - or at least the way he presents the argument is not the way I have understood it when I have heard it. with his telling us what their position is, rather than having a pro-gun writer make their position directly, the book opens itself to potential strawman arguments. The lack of a right-of-reply to some of his points also means that we do not get a balanced argument here.
I would have preferred to have more input from the book from someone pro-gun, at least to confirm that he is arguing against what their positions actually are, and then maybe (although this maybe isnt the right place for it) a short response chapter after each argument. More like a controlled, written debate. rather than a one sided monologue. This would have been particularly useful in the sections dealing with the understanding of the reasons for the second amendment and the right to protect oneself against the government.
As for my bias, I am from Australia, where a gun buy back scheme was run after a mass shooting in 1996 and gun laws were locked down. You can own guns, but not semi or fully auto and guns have to be kept in secure gun safes (with bullets stored separately). You can count the mass shootings (defined as 4 or more people shot) since 1996 on one hand. America has has hundreds just in the first half of 2018. I am an advocate for the Australian laws, and believe America must do something significant if anything is going to change.
Narration by Gary D. MacFadden is good. well paced, easy to listen to, and clear. He does a very good job with the heavy text.
I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.