As the gun control debates continue in the aftermath of the shooting in Parkland, Florida, and more information is coming to light as the investigation continues, I decided to share some books with you all out there regarding the importance of the right to bear arms. Here is the list:
The Seven Myths of Gun Control: Reclaiming the Truth about Guns, Crime, and the Second Amendment by Richard Poe. Not only does the author discuss the right to bear arms, but he also talks about manhood, freedom, race, and heroism.
Dial 911 and Die: The Shocking Truth About the Police Protection Myth by Richard W. Stevens. In this book, Stevens discusses various cases of people who called 911, but either died or suffered physical/psychological wounds when the police did not show up or, if they did, it was a case of too little, too late. Some of these incidents resulted in lawsuits against the local governments, but were dismissed because every state has a no-duty clause, which states that the police have a duty to protect the public in general, but not an individual citizen (there are exceptions, e.g. the officer verbally guarantees protection towards an individual). Some states even rely on the concept of sovereign immunity, a throwback to the Colonial Era during which subjects were forbidden to sue the king.
Death by ‘Gun Control’: The Human Cost of Victim Disarmament by Aaron Zelman and Richard W. Stevens. This book provides a list of countries in which gun control has resulted in people being killed by their own governments because they were forbidden to own firearms. Such countries include the Soviet Union, Nazi Germany, China, Uganda, and Guatemala.
The Bias against Guns: Why Almost Everything You’ve Heard about Gun Control Is Wrong by John R. Lott, Jr. In this book, the author discusses how the bias of the media when it comes to gun-related incidents, particularly when the media chooses to have more coverage of mass shootings or accidental shootings but less coverage of stories of people using guns to stop acts of violence and other crimes.
Other books worth reading include More Guns, Less Crime: Understanding Crime and Gun Control Laws (also by John R. Lott, Jr.), and Stephen Halbrook’s books The Founders’ Second Amendment: Origins of the Right to Bear Arms and That Every Man Be Armed: the Evolution of a Constitutional Right.
Also, check out these clips from Boston Legal and The Office:
Image: Fair Use; excerpted from: https://www.amazon.com/Death-Gun-Control-Victim-Disarmament/dp/0964230461