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Capitol Crime Extravaganza

Ted Gest

in Crime and Politics: Big Government's Erratic Campaign for Law and Order

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780195103434
eISBN:
9780199833887
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195103432.003.0011
Subject:
Political Science, American Politics

The high crime rates of the early 1990s and a string of sensational crimes from coast to coast set the stage in 1994 for the most extensive and costly federal anticrime bill ever. Bill Clinton had ... More


Guns Don't Kill?

Ted Gest

in Crime and Politics: Big Government's Erratic Campaign for Law and Order

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780195103434
eISBN:
9780199833887
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195103432.003.0008
Subject:
Political Science, American Politics

Gun control has stirred intense emotions in the war on crime, even though many controls have only a marginal impact on firearms violence. Laws and their enforcement have been influenced most ... More


The Party-Group Alignment of the NRA and the GOP

Matthew J. Lacombe

in Firepower: How the NRA Turned Gun Owners into a Political Force

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
September 2021
ISBN:
9780691207445
eISBN:
9780691207469
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691207445.003.0006
Subject:
Political Science, Public Policy

This chapter chronicles the party–group alignment of the National Rifle Association (NRA) and the GOP, detailing the constellation of factors that collectively facilitated this alignment, which began ... More


The Overlooked Organizational Basis of Trump’s 2016 Victory

Michael Zoorob and Theda Skocpol

in Upending American Politics: Polarizing Parties, Ideological Elites, and Citizen Activists from the Tea Party to the Anti-Trump Resistance

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
January 2020
ISBN:
9780190083526
eISBN:
9780190083564
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190083526.003.0004
Subject:
Political Science, American Politics

Conventional wisdom claims that the Trump 2016 campaign was “disorganized,” but this judgment overlooks bargains with leaders of preexisting federated networks connected to millions of voters in ... More


Interest Group Innovation: How Different Target Audiences Affect Political Communication Goals

Ben Epstein

in The Only Constant is Change: Technology, Political Communication, and Innovation Over Time

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
April 2018
ISBN:
9780190698980
eISBN:
9780190699017
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190698980.003.0007
Subject:
Political Science, American Politics, Democratization

This chapter uses a case study approach to explore the political choice phase of the political communication cycle (PCC) over time. Focusing on interest groups and detailing the long history of these ... More


Introduction

Matthew J. Lacombe

in Firepower: How the NRA Turned Gun Owners into a Political Force

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
September 2021
ISBN:
9780691207445
eISBN:
9780691207469
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691207445.003.0001
Subject:
Political Science, Public Policy

This chapter focuses on the political power of the National Rifle Association (NRA), and asks the questions: What is the source of its power? How does it operate? How has it shaped gun policy and the ... More


Guns and Motherhood: A Millennial Maternalism

Deborah Gray White

in Lost in the USA: American Identity from the Promise Keepers to the Million Mom March

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780252040900
eISBN:
9780252099403
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252040900.003.0007
Subject:
Sociology, Social Movements and Social Change

This chapter shows how the Million Mom March helped parents, especially mothers, heal from the loss of a loved one to gun violence. It compares past maternalist movements to this one and shows the ... More


Gun Policy during the NRA’s Partisan Phase

Matthew J. Lacombe

in Firepower: How the NRA Turned Gun Owners into a Political Force

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
September 2021
ISBN:
9780691207445
eISBN:
9780691207469
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691207445.003.0007
Subject:
Political Science, Public Policy

This chapter looks back to the beginning of the National Rifle Association's (NRA) partisan phase in order to explore the effects of this position on the group's ability to influence gun policy ... More


“America’s First Freedom”: The NRA’s Gun-Centric Political Ideology

Matthew J. Lacombe

in Firepower: How the NRA Turned Gun Owners into a Political Force

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
September 2021
ISBN:
9780691207445
eISBN:
9780691207469
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691207445.003.0004
Subject:
Political Science, Public Policy

This chapter employs the same American Rifleman editorials and gun control-related letters to explain how the National Rifle Association (NRA) has created a gun-centric political ideology, in which ... More


Citizen-Protectors: The Everyday Politics of Guns in an Age of Decline

Jennifer Carlson

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
April 2015
ISBN:
9780199347551
eISBN:
9780190236595
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199347551.001.0001
Subject:
Sociology, Culture, Law, Crime and Deviance

For the past several decades, the United States has witnessed a profound transformation in what Americans do with the guns they own. While hunting used to dominate American gun culture, now the top ... More


Guns Are the Great Equalizer: Mama Grizzlies and the Right to Bear Arms

Melissa Deckman

in Tea Party Women: Mama Grizzlies, Grassroots Leaders, and the Changing Face of the American Right

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9781479837137
eISBN:
9781479833870
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9781479837137.003.0006
Subject:
Political Science, American Politics

This chapter examines the extent to which conservative women use gendered appeals to fight for gun rights, including portraying guns as an “equalizer” against men who may attack their families. ... More


The Political Weaponization of Gun Owners: The NRA and Gun Ownership as Social Identity

Matthew J. Lacombe

in Firepower: How the NRA Turned Gun Owners into a Political Force

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
September 2021
ISBN:
9780691207445
eISBN:
9780691207469
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691207445.003.0003
Subject:
Political Science, Public Policy

This chapter analyzes the editorials (1930–2008) from the National Rifle Association's (NRA) American Rifleman magazine, along with gun-related letters to the editor of four major newspapers covering ... More


Gun Policy during the NRA’s Quasi-Governmental Phase

Matthew J. Lacombe

in Firepower: How the NRA Turned Gun Owners into a Political Force

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
September 2021
ISBN:
9780691207445
eISBN:
9780691207469
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691207445.003.0005
Subject:
Political Science, Public Policy

This chapter focuses on the National Rifle Association's (NRA) efforts during its quasi-governmental phase. Looking at the National Firearms Act and Federal Firearms Act from the 1930s, as well as ... More


Firepower: How the NRA Turned Gun Owners into a Political Force

Matthew J. Lacombe

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
September 2021
ISBN:
9780691207445
eISBN:
9780691207469
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691207445.001.0001
Subject:
Political Science, Public Policy

The National Rifle Association (NRA) is one of the most powerful interest groups in America, and has consistently managed to defeat or weaken proposed gun regulations — even despite widespread public ... More


Playing Politics with Firearms and Family Violence

Jane K. Stoever

in The Politicization of Safety: Critical Perspectives on Domestic Violence Responses

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
September 2019
ISBN:
9781479805648
eISBN:
9781479888733
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9781479805648.003.0011
Subject:
Law, Family Law

This chapter frames the discussion of the politics of firearms with an exploration of the gendered nature of domestic violence, firearm fatalities, and the firearms debate, including how women are ... More


Explaining the NRA’s Power

Matthew J. Lacombe

in Firepower: How the NRA Turned Gun Owners into a Political Force

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
September 2021
ISBN:
9780691207445
eISBN:
9780691207469
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691207445.003.0002
Subject:
Political Science, Public Policy

This chapter lays out a framework for answering why supporters of gun rights are so dedicated to their cause and why the National Rifle Association (NRA) and its members have such an important place ... More


NRA Media and Second Amendment Identity Politics

Dawn R. Gilpin

in News on the Right: Studying Conservative News Cultures

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
December 2020
ISBN:
9780190913540
eISBN:
9780190913571
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190913540.003.0005
Subject:
Political Science, American Politics

This chapter considers the National Rifle Association (NRA) as not merely a lobbying outfit, trade association, or hobbyist group, but as a full-fledged mediasphere. Since the early 2000s, the NRA ... More


An Arbitrary Jurisprudence: Heller

Edward A. Jr. Purcell Jr.

in Antonin Scalia and American Constitutionalism: The Historical Significance of a Judicial Icon

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
June 2020
ISBN:
9780197508763
eISBN:
9780197508794
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780197508763.003.0007
Subject:
Law, Constitutional and Administrative Law, Legal History

This chapter examines Justice Antonin Scalia’s highly controversial opinion in District of Columbia v. Heller construing the Second Amendment and holding that the U.S. Constitution establishes an ... More


Dovesong: A Middle American Dirge

Zachary Michael Jack

in The Haunt of Home: A Journey through America's Heartland

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9781501751790
eISBN:
9781501751813
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501751790.003.0014
Subject:
History, Cultural History

This chapter describes the mourning dove's funerary dirge. For the first time in nearly a century, open season has been declared on the dove. Amendments fail to outlaw the lead bullet or set the kill ... More


Conclusion

Matthew J. Lacombe

in Firepower: How the NRA Turned Gun Owners into a Political Force

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
September 2021
ISBN:
9780691207445
eISBN:
9780691207469
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691207445.003.0008
Subject:
Political Science, Public Policy

This chapter looks toward the future of both the National Rifle Association (NRA) and the gun debate more broadly. It discusses potential threats to the NRA's political influence, including its own ... More


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