On January 28 we'll discuss THE HIDDEN HISTORY OF GUNS AND THE SECOND AMENDMENT, by Thom Hartmann (Berrett-Koehler, 2019). Homemade treats will be served. You need not have attended a previous discussion to join us for this one.
The location of the discussion will be sent out a few days ahead to those who RSVP. If you haven't received it by the Sunday before the meeting, please call[masked]. We hope to see you there!
If you'd like to read ahead, on February 25 we'll discuss HOPE IN THE DARK, by Rebecca Solnit.
Taking his typically in-depth, historically informed view, Thom Hartmann examines the brutal role guns have played in American history, from the genocide of the Native Americans to the enforcement of slavery (slave patrols are in fact the Second Amendment's "well-regulated militias") and the racist post-Civil War social order. He shows how the NRA and conservative Supreme Court justices used specious logic to invent a virtually unlimited individual right to own guns, which has enabled the ever-growing number of mass shootings in the United States. But Hartmann also identifies a handful of powerful, commonsense solutions that would break the power of the gun lobby and restore the understanding of the Second Amendment that the framers of the Constitution intended. This is the kind of brief, brilliant analysis for which Hartmann is justly renowned.
Thom Hartmann is a progressive national and internationally syndicated talk show host whose shows are available in over a half-billion homes worldwide.
“There is a widely accepted false choice that either we protect the lives of our schoolchildren or we protect our freedom to own guns, but we can’t do both. If you want to understand how we’ve come to think in such black-and-white terms and how the debate over guns has become so polarized as to seem intractable, this book is for you. And if you want a sane, wise, and informed way to resolve the problem, this book is most definitely for you. Thom Hartmann is one of our most brilliant and most compassionate thought leaders. Read this book and you’ll be inspired and encouraged by practical answers and a true path forward.”
—John Robbins, author of Diet for a New America and cofounder and president, Food Revolution Network
“In this riveting book, Thom Hartmann exposes the searing social and human costs of a nation awash in firearms. Because it is impossible to understand the present without understanding the past, Hartmann shows how the history of genocide and slavery forms the bedrock of United States history and how the Second Amendment was ratified to preserve that racist framework. The book compellingly examines the myths at the root of modern American gun culture and how that culture emerged in reaction to social and economic changes in the United States, as well as savvy marketing and legal maneuvering by weapons manufacturers. As the humane journalist and thinker that he is, Hartmann makes sure to fuse history and the present by offering an array of realistic and ramifying solutions to ‘cure’ America of its gun violence epidemic.”
—Katrina vanden Heuvel, editor and publisher, The Nation