If you’re looking for that perfect Christmas gift for the gun owners in your life, but can’t find any ammunition to put under the tree, why not arm your loved ones with knowledge instead? Here’s a list of some new releases and must-own classics that focus on the history of the Second Amendment, debunk anti-gun myths, and deliver gripping stories both fiction and factual about living under repression once the right to keep and bear arms has been destroyed.
The Fighting Bunch: The Battle of Athens and How World War II Veterans Won the Only Successful Armed Rebellion Since the Revolution by Chris DeRose. We had Chris on Cam & Co a few weeks ago, right after his latest book was released, and I enjoyed the conversation as much as I’ve enjoyed reading this deep dive into the Battle of Athens; a mostly forgotten but fascinating tale of how returning GI’s took on the Memphis political machine and helped to restore representative democracy to their corner of the state of Tennessee.
Negroes and the Gun: The Black Tradition of Arms by Nicholas Johnson. I’ve read this book every year since it’s release back in 2014, and I always put it down with a renewed sense of appreciation for how the Second Amendment has been used throughout our nation’s history to advance the cause of freedom; from the armed abolitionists working the Underground Railroad to Ida Wells’ embrace of the Winchester repeating rifle as an anti-lynching tool, to Mississippi farmers like Hartman Turnbow who worked non-violently to obtain the right to vote, while still protecting his family with a shotgun from night riders and members of the KKK intent on denying black Americans the full exercise of their rights.
This Nonviolent Stuff’ll Get You Killed: How Guns Made the Civil Rights Movement Possible by Charles Cobb. This is a great companion piece to Nicholas Johnson’s book, and it’s a must-read for those interested in U.S. history, the civil rights movement, and the right to keep and bear arms. Cobb, a former member of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, weaves his own story of embracing the right of self-defense with tales from the broader civil rights movement. It’s another book that I re-read on a regular basis, and Cobb’s powerful story is one that should resonate with gun owners today.
Policing the Second Amendment: Guns, Law Enforcement, and the Politics of Race by Jennifer Carlson. This book, which was released in September of this year, isn’t written from a pro-Second Amendment perspective, but I think it’s still worth a read, if only to see how the debate over gun control is shifting in academia. Carlson finds a contradiction between gun control activists’ demands that police enforce gun control laws and the support by many law enforcement officers for the Second Amendment, exploring the racial dynamics of enforcement of gun laws in the process.
Gun Control Myths: How politicians, the media, and botched “studies” have twisted the facts on gun control by Dr. John Lott. The longtime researcher’s latest book was released in July of this year, and is chock full of facts and studies debunking the claims of anti-gun activists, from red-flag laws to gun-free zones. While Lott is an academic, the book is anything but dry and boring, and will serve as great reference material for Second Amendment supporters in their debates with family and friends.
Crisis by Kurt Schlichter. The latest novel in the Kelly Turnbull franchise sees the hero trying to stop the United States from sliding into civil war, and explores why the country split apart in our not-too-distant future. It’s a love letter to the Second Amendment as well as a timely warning about the dangers that our fractured nation faces, but it’s also a really fun and fast-paced story that will keep you turning pages until the very end.
We’ll have a more holiday gift ideas in the days ahead, but hopefully this will help with your shopping for the Second Amendment supporters in your life. Heck, you could even buy one of these books for a gun control advocate. There’s no guarantee that they’d read it, but I have a feeling if they open one of these books they may have their minds opened as well, which would be a true Christmas miracle.
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