By Abigail A. Kohn
Within the white-hot debate over weapons and gun regulate in the US, there's one truth on which either side during this more and more polarized clash can agree: american citizens love their weapons. seventy three million americans personal weapons. This interprets to one gun proprietor out of each four voters, a lot of whom, to account for the 250 million guns at the moment in circulate, personal numerous. whereas those proof are undisputed, a comparable yet various query is without end contested: why do american citizens so love their weapons? normally, what precisely is the attraction of the gun? during this very important paintings, Abigail Kohn immerses herself on the planet of "shooters." Emphasizing that no longer all vendors are inevitably fanatics, Kohn dispenses with the knee-jerk dogma and rhetoric that has too frequently handed for reportage to trip on to the center of yank gun tradition. Frequenting gun retailers and taking pictures levels, and devoting specific realization to these whose curiosity in weaponry extends past the informal, she captures in finegrained and sometimes interesting, but continually humane, aspect how gun vendors really imagine and believe approximately their weapons. via her conversations--with cowboy motion shooters at a local fit, game shooters, hunters, with shooters of every age and races--we listen of the "savage good looks" of a superbly crafted lengthy gun, of the strong ancient import proprietors connect to their weapons, of the feel of empowerment that includes capturing ability, and the visceral thrill of discharging a deadly weapon. Kohn convincingly brings out the myths, norms, and ideology of gun possession, stressing how values corresponding to individualism, longevity, and liberty are intricately associated with the gun and exploring how those middle values attach pro-gun ideology to wider cultural and political issues. slicing during the cliches that hyperlink gun possession with violent, felony subcultures and painting shooters as "gun nuts" or power terrorists, Abigail Kohn presents us with a full of life and untainted portrait of yank gun lovers.