Unsafe In Human Hands by Christopher Johnson

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"Unsafe in Human Hands" describes the problems of violence in present day America as compounded by our historic gun culture. The book helps illuminate some of the myths and biases that cloud our ability to see these problems clearly, hoping to improve the quality of our national debate. Most importantly, it provides some real solutions. Gun violence is really a story about people, not guns. People should be the focus of this debate, not gun types or magazine capacities. Here is a full length book that tries to humanize the story of people facing violence in America.

"There were more than 30,000 firearm-related deaths in the US last year. And more than a hundred thousand shootings that did not result in death, which is a compliment not to our culture but to the emergency medical community. With numbers of this magnitude, we have some important questions to ask and big decisions to make. As a country, we should be very clear whether we want to continue down this path. It speaks to how we wish to live together as a people. This is our choice as a society, and we need the clearest illumination of the problem and some real solutions if we can have any chance of controlling where we are going." - Chris Johnson

100% of the author's proceeds will be donated to Cure Violence, Chicago.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Introduction

Section One: Defining the problem; an overview of homicide and suicide in America
1. Guns in the wrong hands

2. Gangs, guns and violence

3. Power that seduces and corrupts the heart

4. Availability of guns – where do they come from?

5. Legacy Guns

6. Global Arms Trade

7. Bad choices made by good people

8. Suicide as a choice

9. Social and financial costs

10. Overall summation of the problem

Section Two: Our misconceptions; the myths and biases that hinder our debate
11. The lone madman myth; the case of Sandy Hook Elementary

12. The “gun makes you safer” myth

13. Ban assault weapons and everything will be OK

14. Racial barriers to empathy

15. The changing American experience, becoming two Americas

16. Changing demographics are altering the political power base

17. Civil Religion and the branding of the American foundation myth

18. The Second Amendment and the balance between rights and obligations

19. Is compromise possible?

Section Three: Conclusions and Recommendations
20. Summary of Legislative Policy Proposals

21. Summary of Social Policy Proposals

22. Last thoughts

Appendix; Reference sources
 

About Christopher Johnson

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Published March 15, 2013 by Christopher L. Johnson. 123 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences.

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