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Guns, Democracy, and the Insurrectionist Idea

ISBN-10: 0472033700

ISBN-13: 9780472033706

Edition: 2009

Authors: Joshua Horwitz, Casey Anderson

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The NRA steadfastly maintains that the 30,000 gun-related deaths and 300,000 assaults with firearms in the United States every year are a small price to pay to guarantee freedom. As former NRA President Charlton Heston put it, "freedom isn't free."And when gun enthusiasts talk about Constitutional liberties guaranteed by the Second Amendment, they are referring to freedom in a general sense, but they also have something more specific in mind---freedom from government oppression. They argue that the only way to keep federal authority in check is to arm individual citizens who can, if necessary, defend themselves from an aggressive government.In the past decade, this view of the proper relationship between government and individual rights and the insistence on a role for private violence in a democracy has been co-opted by the conservative movement. As a result, it has spread beyond extreme "militia" groups to influence state and national policy.InGuns, Democracy, and the Insurrectionist Idea, Josh Horwitz and Casey Anderson reveal that the proponents of this view base their argument on a deliberate misreading of history. The Insurrectionist myth has been forged by twisting the facts of the American Revolution and the founding of the United States, the denial of civil rights to African-Americans after the Civil War, and the rise of the Third Reich under Adolf Hitler. Here, Horwitz and Anderson set the record straight. Then, challenging the proposition that more guns equal more freedom, they expose Insurrectionism---not government oppression---as the true threat to freedom in the U.S. today.Joshua Horwitz received a law degree from George Washington University and is currently a visiting scholar at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. He is Executive Director of the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence and the Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence. He has spent nearly two decades working on gun violence prevention issues. He lives in Arlington, Virginia.Casey Anderson holds a law degree from Georgetown University and is currently a lawyer in private practice in Washington, D.C. He has served in senior staff positions with the U.S. Congress, the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, and Americans for Gun Safety. He lives in Arlington, Virginia.
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Book details

List price: $29.95
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: University of Michigan Press
Publication date: 4/29/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 296
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

Joshua Horwitz is the cofounder and publisher of Living Planet Books in Washington, DC, which specializes in books by thought leaders in science, medicine, and psychology.

Introduction
The Insurrectionists
What Is the Insurrectionist Idea?
What Is the Insurrectionist Agenda?
Who Are the Insurrectionists?
The NRA
Allied Gun Groups
The Gun Show Circuit
The Gun Rights Grassroots and the Blogosphere
Liberal Law Professors and D.C. v. Heller
Dissenters and Enforcement of the Insurrectionist Orthodoxy
History According to the Insurrectionists
The Founding
Guns and the Revolution
The Articles of Confederation
The Constitution
The Founders and Insurrection
The Civil War and Reconstruction
The Civil War
Reconstruction and "Redemption"
The Rise of the Third Reich
German Gun Laws and the Holocaust
Gun Control and the Nazis
A Dangerously Weak State
Overwhelming Private Violence
Democracies and Genocide
Insurrectionism, Democracy, and Freedom
The Meaning of Freedom
One Gun, One Vote?
Democracy and the Monopoly on Force
Insurrectionism and Individual Rights
Property Rights and Guns at Work
The Right of Redress and Immunity for the Firearm Industry
Due Process and "Shoot First" Laws
Effective Democratic Institutions
Conclusion
Notes
Bibliography
Index