best pro gun book?


June 9, 2004, 01:39 AM
So I recently have been trying to get Bellesile's "Arming America" out of some local libraries' nonfiction section. Some library directors have been asking me for suggestions on books to replace it with on the subject matter. I am looking for the best, unimpeachable academic treatises on the rights of gun ownership to replace it in nonfiction.

One I will suggest is the book I am reading now, "Supreme Court Gun Cases" by Kopel, Halbrook, and Korwin. However, I want something else of a peer-reviewed nature with strong legal/historical arguments on unimpeded gun ownership. I know Lott is highly considered in some quarters, but I have read grumbling about him here on THR although don't know specifics. Still, I don't think crime statistics should determine the gun issue. It is a basic human and civil right regardless of statistics.

Any suggestions please?

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June 9, 2004, 11:55 AM
For any serious student of the RKBA, "More Guns, Less Crime" and "The Bias Against Guns," both written by John Lott Jr., should be required reading. Both are excellent.

However for bringing it home to anyone, just how important RKBA is in the real world, I highly suggest you read. "Judgment Ridge : The True Story Behind the Dartmouth Murders"

This is the best true crime book I have ever read. It tells the compelling but horrifying story of the random murder of Half and Suzanne Zantop, two Dartmouth College professors, by two combat knife wielding, teenagers from the rural town of Chelsea, Vermont.

The Zantops were by all accounts wonderful, trusting, people. They were also very liberal and on the very morning of their demise had been sending emails urging friends and pols to support the AWB.

The two murderers had previously gone to another home with the intent of killing the occupants. This home in VT was the summer home of a New Yorker, Andre Patti, his wife (who was back in NY), 11y.o. son and their Glock.

On that fateful evening at 2200, the murderers pounded on the door of the Patti's and said that their car had broken down and they wanted to use the phone. Mr. Patti refused to let them in but instead offered to call for them. When he went to use the phone it was dead. The lines had been cut by the murderers. Mr. Patti went back to the door and gave them a glimpse of the Glock. They left in search of easier prey. In search of the Zantops.

It wasn't till after the murder of the Zantops and until they murderers were captured and their photos published that Mr. Patti realized fully the fate he and his son cheated.

Mr. Patti informed the authorities and they searched his property for evidence and it was then that they discovered, that the murderers had dug a grave for the Patti's behind the house in addition to cutting the phone lines on that night.

June 9, 2004, 12:21 PM
"that every man be armed" by stephen halbrook is pretty damn good from an academic standpoint.

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