From the Founding Fathers and the Second Amendment to the origins of the Klan, ironically as a gun control organization, the debate over guns has always generated controversy. And it continues following the horrific shooting in Colorado on Friday.
America's four-centuries-long political battle over gun control and the right to bear arms is the subject of Adam Winkler’s book, Gunfight. Winkler uses the landmark 2008 case District of Columbia v. Heller, which invalidated a law banning handguns in the nation's capital, as a springboard for a historical narrative.
Winkler weaves together the stories of gun rights advocates and gun control lobbyists, providing insights into ongoing, often venomous debate over guns.
Adam Winkler is a professor of constitutional law at the University of California and a columnist for the Daily Beast, he lives in Los Angeles.