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A history of guns in America, from the other side of the barrel.


All of this already-cultivated land was taken, literally - burning the people out, killing them, pushing them across the continent - most of that responsibility fell on the individual settler in the colonial times. Then it was enshrined in the Bill of Rights with the Second Amendment - of not only the right to do that, but also almost the responsibility.

Historian Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz examines the gun as a political tool - from her experiences as a young armed radical organizer in the 1970s, to America's twin histories of gun rights and indigenous slaughter - and explains why gun control laws will never reduce violence, but challenging gun culture might.

Roxanne is author of Loaded: A Disarming History of the Second Amendment from City Lights Books.

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Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz

Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz is Professor Emerita of Ethnic Studies at California State University, Hayward.


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