Gun Crusaders

Gun Crusaders

The NRA’s Culture War

by Scott Melzer

Published by: NYU Press

336 pages, 6.00 x 9.00 in

  • Paperback
  • ISBN: 9780814764503
  • Published: September 2012

$26.00

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  • Hardcover
  • ISBN: 9780814795507
  • Published: October 2009

$89.00

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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.

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