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Vote Gun: How Gun Rights Became Politicized in the United States

Columbia University Press (2023)


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The Definitive History of Early Gun Rights Politics

Vote Gun will be the first book to historically explore the politicization of gun rights from the early twentieth century until 1980, examine in detail the rise and evolution of gun rights rhetoric in American politics, examine in detail how the passage of the 1968 Gun Control Act (GCA) forever transformed American elections and politics, and examine in detail the evolution of the National Rifle Association (NRA) as the “gun lobby," as well as how other gun rights advocacy groups challenged the NRA’s political monopoly.


A Comprehensive Examination of Gun Rights as a Voting and Political Issue

Vote Gun will provide historians and scholars with the most detailed compilation of sources and evidence from more than 150 archival collections to aid in future research on the history of firearms control politics—archival collections that had yet to be utilized or consulted for the issue of firearms controls. Additionally, Vote Gun will contain dozens of forgotten political advertisements on the issue of firearms controls from the mid-1960s until 1980.

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