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In 1988, a 16-year-old student spread death and terror at his suburban Virginia school with a Cobray M-11/9 handgun--advertised as "the gun that made ...Show synopsisIn 1988, a 16-year-old student spread death and terror at his suburban Virginia school with a Cobray M-11/9 handgun--advertised as "the gun that made the '80s roar". Veteran reporter Erik Larson follows the history of this gun and exposes the lax regulations and competing interests that perpetuate America's gun crisis.Hide synopsis
Description:Very good in very good dust jacket. Hardback, 8vo, 272 pp, half...Very good in very good dust jacket. Hardback, 8vo, 272 pp, half cloth, pictorial dj; very good/very good; how the travels of a single handgun expose the roots of America's gun crisis; 1st edition.
Description:0-517-59677-6 From Publishers Weekly In this valiant, innovative...0-517-59677-6 From Publishers Weekly In this valiant, innovative, effective and timely study, Wall Street Journal reporter Larson considers the case of Nicholas Elliot, 16, who went on a shooting rampage on December 16, 1988, in the Virginia religious high school he attended, leaving one teacher dead. The author concentrates not on the teenager, however, but on the gun he fired, a semiautomatic Cobray M-11/9. Larson uses the pistol to explore the history of America's love for guns and to show how firearms manufacturers, dealers, book and magazine publishers, aided by the "paranoid, Constitution-thumping" National Rifle Association and the media, all bear responsibility for the culture of "non-responsibility" concerning guns. He concludes by proposing a five-part omnibus law, the Life and Liberty Preservation Act, which, he persuasively argues, would close most of the loopholes in current legislation. Author tour. Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. From Library Journal In this work, Larson interweaves the story of a boy and his gun (a 16-year-old who kills one teacher and wounds another with a member of the infamous MAC-10 family) with a study of the causes and effects of our gun-happy society. He admits that he has no problem with using handguns for sport or even as a last line of self-defense. But he goes on to propose a model bill calling for sweeping changes in laws governing the distribution, sale, and design of firearms. It's a pity that, by producing a...read more.
Description:Shelf wear to jacket, minor scratches to rear jacket face....Shelf wear to jacket, minor scratches to rear jacket face. 0517596776. Hardcover stated first edition, full number line in shiny dust jacket, light wear to edges, tiny creases at top spine, see our image. First book by the author of Thunderstruck and The Devil in White City.
Description:Very Good in Very Good jacket. HOW THE TRAVELS OF A SINGLE...Very Good in Very Good jacket. HOW THE TRAVELS OF A SINGLE HANDGUN EXPOSE THE ROOTS OF AMERICA'S GUN CRISIS. One bitter cold morning a sixteen-year-old boy named Nicholas Elliot walked into his Virginia high school with a Cobray M-11/9-touted by its manufacturer as "the gun that made the eighties roar"-stuffed in his backpack. By mid-morning he had killed one teacher and severely wounded another. Only sheer luck kept his rampage from becoming one of the worst in America's long and bloody infatuation with guns.
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