Three professionals address the gun debate dividing Americans nationwide, providing history, research, and statistics on the changing face of U.S. gun owners, and examining both pro- and anti-gun arguments.
Many possible restrictions or reductions in restrictions proposed by either major U.S. political party, are not well aligned with the facts available from FBI and law enforcement sources. Additionally, both "sides" cherry-pick small samples to support their political causes. The goal of this book is to foster understanding and a rational conversation between owners and non-owners of guns, so as to work toward effective solutions to America's gun violence problem.
The authors-a psychology professor, a police captain, and a data scientist, all gun owners-offer research analysis, insights from experts across fields, and interviews with gun owners nationwide, as well as details on national trends in ownership, demographics, crime, and statistics. In providing these resources, they aim to answer the question: "What are the facts on this issue charging explosive political posturing on both sides of the national stage?" They ask gun owners today to explain who they are, why they own, what they do with their guns, and to what degree they defend the right to bear arms.
Offers a unique look into the range of thinking among gun owners
Includes data and an analysis from a study designed and conducted by the authors for this book
Includes interviews with gun owners showing they are not one homogenous group and some have points of view non-owners may find surprising
Addresses topics including concealed and open carry, gun sales practices, bump stocks, gun-free zones, large capacity ammunition magazines, semi-automatic weapons, licensing, training, insurance, and more
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Joel T. Nadler holds a PhD in applied psychology, is a tenured professor, and is director of an industrial/organizational psychology master's program. He also maintains several certifications as a defensive firearms instructor.
Anthony M. Gregory is part-time captain/training officer for a police department, chief instructor at a shooting range, and expert witness in use-of-force cases.
Seth Berry earned his PhD in applied psychology and later became a data scientist and concurrent teaching professor at the University of Notre Dame, where he teaches statistical computing.