Gun Crusaders

Gun Crusaders

The NRA's Culture War

eBook - 2009
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Nothing conjures up images of the American frontier and a pick-yourself-up-by-the-bootstraps view of freedom and independence quite like guns. Gun Crusaders is a fascinating inside look at how the four-million member National Rifle Association and its committed members come to see each and every gun control threat as a step down the path towards gun confiscation, and eventually socialism. Enlivened by a rich analysis of NRA materials, meetings, leader speeches, and unique in-depth interviews with NRA members, Gun Crusaders focuses on how the NRA constructs and perceives threats to gun rights as one more attack in a broad liberal cultural war. Scott Melzer shows that the NRA promotes a nostalgic vision of frontier masculinity, whereby gun rights defenders are seen as patriots and freedom fighters, defending not the freedom of religion, but the religion of individual rights and freedoms.

Publisher: New York : New York University Press, [2009]
Copyright Date: ©2009
ISBN: 0814795501
9780814795507
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xii, 323 pages) : illustrations
Additional Contributors: ebrary, Inc

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