My english teacher gave me free rein to choose something to read and respond to over spring break within the following criteria:
Rhetorical in nature (as opposed to historical)
Somewhat respectable over all as far as author, sources, etc go. Teacher said he would approve pretty much anything that is not "utter crap".
So what are your suggestions for books related to RKBA? More Guns, Less Crime comes to mind, but is there anything out there more focused on say the AWB or NFA or even abuses by the ATF ?
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April 2, 2004, 12:39 PM
I'd recommend John Lott's books. I think that he wrote "More Guns, Less Crime..." and "The Bias Against Guns".
Wayne LaPierre has written a number of gun policy books, right to keep and bear arms books etc.
There is also a book about banning guns in England that you might find interesting.
I haven't read any of those books yet unfortunately. They cover topics that I believe that I am informed about and understand enough so that it would be preaching to the choir sort to speak.
You might want to check out www.townhall.com. They have some really good columnists that have written books on social issues.
www.books.com might also help you find books by various topics.
April 2, 2004, 12:50 PM
I'd recomend Thomas Sowell's The Vision of the Anointed
Its not strictly ProRKBA per se, but it does illuminate the "thought" process behind the left (which includes gun control, among other things).
I think its one of the single most important books for anyone who considers themselves a Conservative or Libertarian who plans on doing battle with the left. (its actualy part of a 3 part series, beginning with Conflict of Visions and ending with The Quest for Cosmic Justice. All are good, but the middle one really covers the topic pretty completely.
April 2, 2004, 05:57 PM
"On Hunting", Ortega Y Gasset (sp?). Magnificent work on why humans hunt, especially now - would give devout vegans fits.
April 2, 2004, 06:13 PM
Nation of Cowards: Essays on the Ethics of Gun Control
by Jeff Snyder
I'm probly gonna submit Lott's The Bias Against Guns and Snyder's Nation of Cowards and let the teacher decide which is for credit... Amazon's got a package deal, so in the spirit of all those "Should I buy an X or Y" threads I'm gonna end up reading both:p
April 6, 2004, 01:25 PM
Ted Nugent's God, Guns, and Rock & Roll
It's a fun book, and if she's liberal it'll tick her off to no end. I actually enjoy is writing style too. I was very surprised at just how engaging he can be.
April 6, 2004, 01:27 PM
I'd have to second Zundfolge, anything by Thomas Sowell or Walter Williams. Both are actually economist so don't expect too much on RKBA though both support it. MAinly being economist they use excellent thought and logic to drive home their points. You can sample either of them at www.townhall.com.
As an alternative to them if you want to really impress your teacher go for Mike S Adams. Here is one of his recent columns titled Why I Joined the NRA:
"Meditations on Hunting" by Jose Ortega Y Gasset, would be an excellent choice for your report. It has resonated deeply with everyone I have recommended it to, and will give even those who vehemently disagree with hunting and the RKBA pause to reflect on their humanity. (Or lack thereof;) ) Every time I even think of the book, I want to grab my gun, whistle for the dog, and traipse out the back door, to be free again, if only for a couple hours.....
April 7, 2004, 03:25 AM
"The Courage To Be Free" by Charlton Heston. It is a great book and goes far beyond gun control, addressing all issues of freedom and social responsibilty. It made me proud to be an American and proud we were lucky enough to have such a fine man as president of the NRA.
April 7, 2004, 03:43 AM
"Enemies Foreign & Domestic" by our own Matt Bracken. Great read!
April 7, 2004, 10:34 AM
You might take a look at Jeff Cooper's works.
I've enjoyed, "Fireworks" "To Ride, Shoot Straight, And Speak The Truth" and "Another Country."
I got some strange looks when I quoted from "To Ride,..." in a graduate level English course once.
April 7, 2004, 11:01 AM
Uninteded Consequences by John Ross. 800 wonderful pages.
April 7, 2004, 11:40 AM
I second ACP230. To Ride, Shoot Straight and Speak the Truth is a good start.
April 7, 2004, 12:12 PM
John Lott is an excellent choice. I have cited them in several papers. Both are good, but "The Bias Against Guns" is the most current. Besides showing how biased the media is, it also shows the failure of gun storage laws and bans on "assault weapons."
You should read "Unintended Consequences" by Ross. It is a great book, but unfortunately it is fiction (though it does contain a great deal of factual information).
April 7, 2004, 12:39 PM
May I suggest 'Armed - New perspectives on gun control' - by Gary Kleck and Don Kates.