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By Jennifer Carlson

From gang- and drug-related shootings to mass shootings in colleges, buying facilities, and film theatres, studies of gun crimes fill the headlines of newspapers and nightly information courses. even as, a distinct form of headline has captured public consciousness: a gradual surge in pro-gun sentiment between americans. A Gallup ballot carried out only a month after the Newtown university shootings discovered that seventy four% of usa citizens oppose a ban on hand-guns, and at the least eleven million humans now have licenses to hold hid guns as a part of their daily lives. Why achieve this many americans not just personal weapons but in addition hold them?

In Citizen-Protectors, Jennifer Carlson bargains a compelling portrait of gun companies, laying off gentle on americans' complicated courting with weapons. Delving headlong into the area of gun companies, Carlson hung out partaking in firearms education sessions, attending pro-gun occasions, and wearing a firearm herself. via those stories she explores the position weapons play within the lives of american citizens who hold them and exhibits how, opposed to a backdrop of financial lack of confidence and social instability, gun wearing turns into a method of being an outstanding citizen, an concept that not just pervades the NRA's public literature and statements, yet its education classes as well.

A much-needed counterpoint to the rhetorical battles over gun keep watch over, Citizen-Protectors is an enthralling and revealing examine gun tradition in the United States, and is a must-read for someone with a stake during this heated debate.

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