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America and Its Guns

America and Its Guns  

Philip J. Cook and Kristin A. Goss

in The Gun Debate: What Everyone Needs to Know® (2 ed.)

Published in Print: 
23 June 2020
Published Online: 
12 November 2020
DOI: 
10.1093/wentk/9780190073466.003.0001
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What Is a Gun? A more precise term for the subject of this book is firearm, which is a portable weapon that shoots projectiles from a metal tube, propelled at high speed by ... More
Billionaires

Billionaires  

Robert E. Mutch

in Campaign Finance: What Everyone Needs to Know®

Published in Print: 
23 June 2016
Published Online: 
12 November 2020
DOI: 
10.1093/wentk/9780190274696.003.0007
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The rise of the super PAC was also the rise of the politically active billionaire. Dropping the old restrictions on who could give how much to whom did more than turn the attentions of ... More
Causes of Gun Violence

Causes of Gun Violence  

Philip J. Cook and Kristin A. Goss

in The Gun Debate: What Everyone Needs to Know® (2 ed.)

Published in Print: 
23 June 2020
Published Online: 
12 November 2020
DOI: 
10.1093/wentk/9780190073466.003.0004
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Who Can Be Trusted with a Gun? A simplistic but common understanding of crime is that the population can be divided neatly into two groups, good guys and bad guys. In this view, ... More
Conclusion

Conclusion  

Robert E. Mutch

in Campaign Finance: What Everyone Needs to Know®

Published in Print: 
23 June 2016
Published Online: 
12 November 2020
DOI: 
10.1093/wentk/9780190274696.003.0010
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Even a week can be a long time in politics, so predictions about longer periods should be made, and read, with caution. That said, it does not feel like much of a risk to say that the ... More
Corporations, Unions, And Citizens United

Corporations, Unions, And Citizens United  

Robert E. Mutch

in Campaign Finance: What Everyone Needs to Know®

Published in Print: 
23 June 2016
Published Online: 
12 November 2020
DOI: 
10.1093/wentk/9780190274696.003.0009
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Citizens United undermined more than 100 years of campaign finance law when it gave corporations the First Amendment right to spend money in elections. Congress had said in ... More
Disclosure and the Federal Election Commission

Disclosure and the Federal Election Commission  

Robert E. Mutch

in Campaign Finance: What Everyone Needs to Know®

Published in Print: 
23 June 2016
Published Online: 
12 November 2020
DOI: 
10.1093/wentk/9780190274696.003.0004
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The point of disclosure is to let voters see who is financing election campaigns. That was why the Supreme Court upheld the disclosure law in Buckley v. Valeo and Citizens United, and that ... More
Effectiveness of Firearms Policy

Effectiveness of Firearms Policy  

Philip J. Cook and Kristin A. Goss

in The Gun Debate: What Everyone Needs to Know® (2 ed.)

Published in Print: 
23 June 2020
Published Online: 
12 November 2020
DOI: 
10.1093/wentk/9780190073466.003.0007
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With So Many Guns Out There, Is There Any Point to Gun Control? Yes. The evidence suggests that certain regulations have been effective in reducing gun use in crime. And even in ... More
Gun Control in America

Gun Control in America  

Philip J. Cook and Kristin A. Goss

in The Gun Debate: What Everyone Needs to Know® (2 ed.)

Published in Print: 
23 June 2020
Published Online: 
12 November 2020
DOI: 
10.1093/wentk/9780190073466.003.0006
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What Are the Basics of the US System of Gun Regulation? Gun regulations have a long history, stretching back to the colonial era. By and large, the laws have been enacted to secure ... More
The Gun Rights Movement

The Gun Rights Movement  

Philip J. Cook and Kristin A. Goss

in The Gun Debate: What Everyone Needs to Know® (2 ed.)

Published in Print: 
23 June 2020
Published Online: 
12 November 2020
DOI: 
10.1093/wentk/9780190073466.003.0010
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What Is the Gun Rights Movement? The gun rights movement consists of several hundred local, state, and national organizations that seek to promote a positive view of firearms in ... More
The Gun Violence Prevention Movement

The Gun Violence Prevention Movement  

Philip J. Cook and Kristin A. Goss

in The Gun Debate: What Everyone Needs to Know® (2 ed.)

Published in Print: 
23 June 2020
Published Online: 
12 November 2020
DOI: 
10.1093/wentk/9780190073466.003.0011
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What Is the Gun Violence Prevention Movement? Like the gun rights movement, the gun violence prevention movement includes national, state, and local organizations. Some are ... More
Guns and Gun Control in History

Guns and Gun Control in History  

Philip J. Cook and Kristin A. Goss

in The Gun Debate: What Everyone Needs to Know® (2 ed.)

Published in Print: 
23 June 2020
Published Online: 
12 November 2020
DOI: 
10.1093/wentk/9780190073466.003.0008
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Is There a Uniquely American Gun Culture? Yes. We know of no other country where firearms are as plentiful and as inextricably linked to individual identity and popular values as ... More
The Harm Done by Guns

The Harm Done by Guns  

Philip J. Cook and Kristin A. Goss

in The Gun Debate: What Everyone Needs to Know® (2 ed.)

Published in Print: 
23 June 2020
Published Online: 
12 November 2020
DOI: 
10.1093/wentk/9780190073466.003.0003
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How Many Americans Are Killed or Injured by Gunfire? Approximately 1 million Americans have died from gunshot wounds in homicides, accidents, and suicides during just the last ... More
Is There a Way Forward for Gun Policy?

Is There a Way Forward for Gun Policy?  

Philip J. Cook and Kristin A. Goss

in The Gun Debate: What Everyone Needs to Know® (2 ed.)

Published in Print: 
23 June 2020
Published Online: 
12 November 2020
DOI: 
10.1093/wentk/9780190073466.003.0012
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Every question about guns, gun violence, or gun policy is contentious. Basic facts—the annual number of gun transactions, or even the number of guns in private hands—are not known with any ... More
Manufacture and Marketing of Guns

Manufacture and Marketing of Guns  

Philip J. Cook and Kristin A. Goss

in The Gun Debate: What Everyone Needs to Know® (2 ed.)

Published in Print: 
23 June 2020
Published Online: 
12 November 2020
DOI: 
10.1093/wentk/9780190073466.003.0005
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How Large Is the Gun Industry in America? The gun industry itself is rather small by traditional measures. Only a handful of companies produce a significant number of firearms in ... More
Outside Money

Outside Money  

Robert E. Mutch

in Campaign Finance: What Everyone Needs to Know®

Published in Print: 
23 June 2016
Published Online: 
12 November 2020
DOI: 
10.1093/wentk/9780190274696.003.0008
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By 2015, “outside money” had come to mean spending by super PACs and politically active tax-exempt groups. Super PACs are registered political committees under the FECA and must disclose ... More
Political Action Committees

Political Action Committees  

Robert E. Mutch

in Campaign Finance: What Everyone Needs to Know®

Published in Print: 
23 June 2016
Published Online: 
12 November 2020
DOI: 
10.1093/wentk/9780190274696.003.0005
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Non-party organizations form political action committees (PACs) to make the campaign contributions the FECA bans them from making themselves. The FEC defines every PAC as belonging to one ... More
Public Opinion, Political Parties, and Guns

Public Opinion, Political Parties, and Guns  

Philip J. Cook and Kristin A. Goss

in The Gun Debate: What Everyone Needs to Know® (2 ed.)

Published in Print: 
23 June 2020
Published Online: 
12 November 2020
DOI: 
10.1093/wentk/9780190073466.003.0009
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Do Americans Want Stricter Gun Laws? Public opinion experts have long observed that the United States has a gun control paradox: Most Americans favor all sorts of firearms ... More
The Rise and Fall of Public Funding

The Rise and Fall of Public Funding  

Robert E. Mutch

in Campaign Finance: What Everyone Needs to Know®

Published in Print: 
23 June 2016
Published Online: 
12 November 2020
DOI: 
10.1093/wentk/9780190274696.003.0003
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Public funding for presidential elections was the most controversial and most innovative part of the post-Watergate reforms. It was not controversial with the public, which supported it by ... More
Super Pacs

Super Pacs  

Robert E. Mutch

in Campaign Finance: What Everyone Needs to Know®

Published in Print: 
23 June 2016
Published Online: 
12 November 2020
DOI: 
10.1093/wentk/9780190274696.003.0006
Format: 
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Super PACs are independent expenditure committees that can take contributions of any size from any American individual, corporation, or labor union, and spend without limit. They made a ... More
The Value of Guns for Personal and Collective Defense

The Value of Guns for Personal and Collective Defense  

Philip J. Cook and Kristin A. Goss

in The Gun Debate: What Everyone Needs to Know® (2 ed.)

Published in Print: 
23 June 2020
Published Online: 
12 November 2020
DOI: 
10.1093/wentk/9780190073466.003.0002
Format: 
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Why Is Self-Defense Central to the Debate over Gun Control? Personal safety is a vital matter, and self-protection is a more compelling rationale for owning guns than recreation. ... More

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