THE GUNNING OF AMERICA - 09/2016

September 9, 2016

Our interview with Pamela Haag, author of THE GUNNING OF AMERICA: BUSINESS AND THE MAKING OF AMERICAN GUN CULTURE (Basic Books, 2016). As the fight over gun rights and gun control rages on without any meaningful progress, historian Pamela investigates the roots of America's relationship with firearms from a different perspective, tracing the history of the gun manufacturing industry and demonstrating quite persuasively that guns became part of the "fabric of our country" not because - as many believe - of their prevalance in American Revolution and the founding of a free nation, but due to the efforts of gun manufacturers to market their products to a then-indifferent public and create and expand the civilian market at the dawn of 20th century consumer culture.

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