Monday, January 28, 2013

Battleground America: One Nation, Under The Gun

Jill Lepore, The New Yorker, Battleground America: One Nation, Under the Gun, looks at the evolution of the NRA from a sporting club that encouraged gun control to a radical lobbying group.

Lepore writes:

In the two centuries following the adoption of the Bill of Rights, in 1791, no amendment received less attention in the courts than the Second, except the Third.
Between 1968 and 2012, the idea that owning and carrying a gun is both a fundamental American freedom and an act of citizenship gained wide acceptance and, along with it, the principle that this right is absolute and cannot be compromised, gun-control legislation was diluted, defeated, overturned, or allowed to expire.

* Note - this article was first reported in the April 17, 2012 GVP Report.

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