By Abigail A. Kohn
Within the white-hot debate over weapons and gun keep an eye on in the United States, there's one truth on which each side during this more and more polarized clash can agree: americans love their weapons. seventy three million americans personal weapons. This interprets to at least one gun proprietor out of each four electorate, lots of whom, to account for the 250 million guns at the moment in stream, personal a number of. whereas those evidence are undisputed, a comparable yet varied query is forever contested: why do americans so love their weapons? in most cases, what precisely is the charm of the gun? during this very important paintings, Abigail Kohn immerses herself on the planet of shooters. Emphasizing that no longer all proprietors are inevitably fanatics, Kohn dispenses with the knee-jerk dogma and rhetoric that has too usually handed for reportage to trip on to the center of yank gun tradition. Frequenting gun retailers and capturing levels, and devoting specific awareness to these whose curiosity in weaponry extends past the informal, she captures in finegrained and infrequently interesting, but constantly humane, aspect how gun proprietors really imagine and believe approximately their weapons. via her conversations--with cowboy motion shooters at a nearby fit, recreation shooters, hunters, with shooters of every age and races--we pay attention of the savage fantastic thing about a fantastically crafted lengthy gun, of the robust old import vendors connect to their weapons, of the feel of empowerment that includes taking pictures ability, and the visceral thrill of discharging a deadly weapon. Kohn convincingly brings out the myths, norms, and ideology of gun possession, stressing how values similar to individualism, durability, and liberty are intricately associated with the gun and exploring how those middle values attach pro-gun ideology to wider cultural and political matters. slicing throughout the cliches that hyperlink gun possession with violent, legal subcultures and painting shooters as gun nuts or capability terrorists, Abigail Kohn offers us with a full of life and untainted portrait of yank gun fans.
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