Sadly the November theme is about violence because it cannot be ignored. We cannot escape it, and one has to wonder, what, if anything, can we do about it. As always I’ve selected 4 BOOKS below to match the theme, a useful FACEBOOK EXCHANGE with an AVID GUN OWNER, a transcript from All Things Considered on DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND GUN VIOLENCE, and a professional article about WHAT IS THE WORST THAT COULD HAPPEN. Please feel free to give me feedback. Rosanne firstname.lastname@example.org
1. 4 NOVEMBER BOOKS
THE SECOND AMENDMENT BY ROBERT MC WHIRTER
“A well-regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the People to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” An imposition or a privilege? Does the Second Amendment to the Constitution confer a right, or impose a tax? The argument goes back and forth, on and on. This little book takes a cool look at the historical and philosophical underpinnings that informed the Framers’ writing, the political needs at the time the Amendment was written, and the way in which it has been construed by parties of all sides since. Robert McWhirter employs a witty, light touch that manages to relate the arguments around the Amendment to its interpretation in popular culture and belies the deep scholarship and research that underpins the work.
The staggering toll of gun violence―which claims 31,000 U.S. lives each year―is an urgent public health issue that demands an effective evidence-based policy response. The Johns Hopkins University convened more than 20 of the world’s leading experts on gun violence and policy to summarize relevant research and recommend policies that are both constitutional and have broad public support. Collected for the first time in one volume, this reliable, empirical research and legal analysis will help lawmakers, opinion leaders, and concerned citizens identify policy changes to address mass shootings, along with the less-publicized gun violence that takes an average of 80 lives every day.
COLUMBINE BY DAVE CULLEN
“The tragedies keep coming. As we reel from the latest horror . . . ” So begins a new epilogue, illustrating how Columbine became the template for nearly two decades of “spectacle murders.” It is a false script, seized upon by a generation of new killers. In the wake of Newtown, Aurora, and Virginia Tech, the imperative to understand the crime that sparked this plague grows more urgent every year. What really happened April 20, 1999? The horror left an indelible stamp on the American psyche, but most of what we “know” is wrong. It wasn’t about jocks, Goths, or the Trench Coat Mafia. Dave Cullen was one of the first reporters on scene, and spent ten years on this book-widely recognized as the definitive account. With a keen investigative eye and psychological acumen, he draws on mountains of evidence, insight from the world’s leading forensic psychologists, and the killers’ own words and drawings-several reproduced in a new appendix. Cullen paints raw portraits of two polar opposite killers. They contrast starkly with the flashes of resilience and redemption among the survivors.
GUNS ACROSS AMERICA BY ROBERT J. SPITZER
Gun ownership is as old as the nation, but, as Robert J. Spitzer demonstrates in Guns across America, so is gun regulation. In vast swathes of America, the sanctity of the Second Amendment has become a political third rail, never to be questioned, yet by employing new research on early gun laws, Spitzer reveals that firearms were in fact more strictly regulated in the country’s first three centuries than in recent years. The first “gun grabbers” were not 1960s Chablis-drinking liberals, but seventeenth century rum-guzzling pioneers, and their legacy continued through strict gun regulations into the 1920s and beyond. Indeed, as gun rights proponents seek to roll back gun laws and press guns into as many hands as possible, warning that gun rights are endangered, they sidestep the central question: are stricter gun laws incompatible with robust gun rights? Spitzer answers this question by examining New York State’s tough gun laws, where his political analysis is complemented by his own quest for a concealed carry handgun permit and construction of a legal AR-15 assault weapon. Not only can gun rights and rules coexist, but they have throughout American history. Guns across America reveals the long-obscured truth: gun regulations are in fact as American as apple pie.
5. COOL PLACE & COOL FOOD – This month was just not a month forme to talk about fun things. I did go to the ALACHUA MAIN STREET FESTIVAL on November 5th where I was surrounded by friends, family, former neighbors, buyers and sellers … and generally people who uplifted my soul. I highly recommend it. Rosanne