A Well Regulated Militia by William Weir
The Battle Over Gun Conrol

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"A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed," reads the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. According to the National Rifle Association (NRA), this means that gun controls are unconstitutional. Anti-gun lobbyists like Handgun Control, Inc. (HCI), claim it means only that the states can keep militias. In this book, Weir goes back into European history to discuss the militia concept, and then moves forward through American history and into the pro and con distortions of the gun debate, all the while clarifying and providing the missing (or misconstrued) information. He delves into crime statistics, state and federal law, weapons capabilities and culpabilities, and the responses of police, criminologists, politicians, criminals, civilians, and others to make his points. In conclusion, Weir shows how one of the most detrimental effects of the debate is that neither side is addressing the underlying causes of American violence, which go much deeper than gun ownership. He explains how our society - by concentrating on snake oil and Band Aids to address the crime problem - ironically fosters a national policy that promotes a violent underclass. The current situation, Weir warns, is undermining the power of the Constitution and will have serious short- and long-range repercussions for America.

About William Weir

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William Weir has written 13 previous books, mostly about military history and crime, including 50 Military Leaders Who Changed the World and 50 Battles That Changed the World. He is a former soldier, a military policeman, and a Korean War infantry combat veteran. He is a retired industrial editor and freelance magazine writer.
Published March 1, 1997 by Archon Books. 309 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference, Young Adult. Non-fiction

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Crimes involving guns, he argues, are infrequent in stable societies where there is a fairly equitable distribution of wealth and ""a reasonable opportunity to advance socially and economically."" Weir's message is that the propaganda of both the pro- and the anti-gun advocates can be ignored if ...

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