Gunfight by Adam Winkler
The Battle over the Right to Bear Arms in America

No critic rating

Waiting for minimum critic reviews

See 12 Critic Reviews

unrated

Synopsis

A provocative history that reveals how guns—not abortion, race, or religion—are at the heart of America's cultural divide.


Gunfight is a timely work examining America’s four-centuries-long political battle over gun control and the right to bear arms. In this definitive and provocative history, Adam Winkler reveals how guns—not abortion, race, or religion—are at the heart of America’s cultural divide. Using the landmark 2008 case District of Columbia v. Heller—which invalidated a law banning handguns in the nation’s capital—as a springboard, Winkler brilliantly weaves together the dramatic stories of gun-rights advocates and gun-control lobbyists, providing often unexpected insights into the venomous debate that now cleaves our nation.
 

About Adam Winkler

See more books from this Author
Adam Winkler, a professor of constitutional law at the University of California, Los Angeles, has been featured on CNN and in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and the New Republic. A columnist for the Daily Beast, he lives in Los Angeles.
 
Published September 19, 2011 by W. W. Norton & Company. 384 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Law & Philosophy, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

Unrated Critic Reviews for Gunfight

Kirkus Reviews

See more reviews from this publication

There have always been plenty of guns in America, but also plenty of gun control.

| Read Full Review of Gunfight: The Battle over the...

The New York Times

See more reviews from this publication

In “Gunfight,” the constitutional lawyer Adam Winkler traces the history and current state of America’s battle over gun control.

Oct 09 2011 | Read Full Review of Gunfight: The Battle over the...

Publishers Weekly

See more reviews from this publication

Dismissing the extremist "gun nuts" and "gun grabbers" who have dominated the gun debate for decades, the author clearly shows that the right to bear arms and gun control have always coexisted in the U.S.—even on the frontier where guns and gun regulation were widespread.

Jun 27 2011 | Read Full Review of Gunfight: The Battle over the...

The Wall Street Journal

See more reviews from this publication

Mr. Winkler says that the court's decision "validated a compromise position on guns," in which gun ownership is protected and reasonable gun-safety laws are allowed.

Oct 18 2011 | Read Full Review of Gunfight: The Battle over the...

Los Angeles Times

See more reviews from this publication

As a contest of constitutional principles, Heller tested the question of whether the famously ambiguous 2nd Amendment ("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") protected militias and reached...

Nov 13 2011 | Read Full Review of Gunfight: The Battle over the...

San Francisco Chronicle

He notes that "strong majorities of gun owners favor compromise when it comes to gun control," and he would welcome mandated gun safety courses, background checks and waiting periods for gun purchases, and bans at places such as campuses.

Oct 05 2011 | Read Full Review of Gunfight: The Battle over the...

Chicago Tribune

A succinct and fascinating introduction to the legal and historical issues at the heart of the gun debate, "Gunfight" is bound to frustrate proponents and opponents of gun control.

| Read Full Review of Gunfight: The Battle over the...

Annenberg Digital News

In “Gunfight: The Battle Over the Right to Bear Arms in America,” the constitutional law professor Adam Winkler tries to find a middle way to sober the debate between gun rights and gun control, with remarkable storytelling.

Oct 27 2011 | Read Full Review of Gunfight: The Battle over the...

Reason Magazine

log in or register to reply.

Feb 05 2013 | Read Full Review of Gunfight: The Battle over the...

The American Conservative

David Frum quotes Rod’s recent blog post on gun crime in Baton Rouge in an op-ed for CNN entitled “America’s gun problem is not a race problem.” He doesn’t like the idea of dividing Americans into groups based on their disproportionate rates of gun crime:.

Jan 16 2013 | Read Full Review of Gunfight: The Battle over the...

The Truth About Guns

The NRA Annual is here in STL next year, and before I would go (take time off from work), I need to feel some NRA love.

Oct 18 2011 | Read Full Review of Gunfight: The Battle over the...

Criminal Law and Criminal Justice Books

Key players are the Ku Klux Klan, a group originally formed in order to disarm blacks following the Civil War, and the National Rifle Association, a once-moderate organization focused on teaching safe gun use and supportive of reasonable gun control laws.

| Read Full Review of Gunfight: The Battle over the...

Reader Rating for Gunfight
73%

An aggregated and normalized score based on 68 user ratings from iDreamBooks & iTunes


Rate this book!

Add Review
×