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Books on gun control bring scholarly arguments to emotional issue

We are stunned and saddened by the horrific shooting in Arizona on Saturday of Representative Gabrielle Giffords, federal Judge John Roll, and 16 others.

When discussing gun control in our society, emotion and gut level instinct seems to prevail.

This senseless tragedy targeting government officials and bystanders in the crowd prompted me to wonder what has been written on gun control. As a society and a nation, can we move beyond emotion and hot words on the issue of gun control and consider the written word and scholarly arguments?

A search of "gun control" on Barnes and Noble's website brought up 945 results. Searching "gun control" on brought up 1,046 results.

Some books that discuss gun control from different points of view are listed below. All of these books are available at Los Angeles area Barnes and Noble bookstores and can be ordered through

Out of Range: Why the Constitution Can't End the Battle Over Guns by Mark V. Tushnet, published in 2007 by the Oxford University Press, examines gun control arguments in terms Constitutionality.

Gun Control: A Documentary and Reference Guide by Robert J. Spitzer, published by Greenwood Publishing in 2009, examines the gun control debate in the context of current and historical times.

More Guns, Less Crime: Understanding Crime and Gun Control Laws, Third Edition by John R. Lott Jr. published by the University of Chicago Press in 2010, offers data on crime statistics and concludes that more guns means less crime.

Can Gun Control Work? by James B. Jacobs, published in 2004 by Oxford University Press, focuses on the practicality of gun control.


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    Sara Broers 4 years ago

    Nice article...Sure to be a hotter topic!

  • mndoc 4 years ago

    Great review. Los Angeles Unified School District should make a book on gun control required reading!

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