William Briggs: How America Got Its Guns
A History of the Gun Violence Crisis
Wednesday, April 24, 2019
Doors: 6:30 PM
Showtime: 7:00 PM
Chautauqua Community House
Tickets: $12.00 ($9.00 Concert Member)*
In the United States, more than thirty thousand deaths each year can be attributed to firearms. “How America Got Its Guns” examines the Second Amendment and the laws and court cases it has spawned. William Briggs’s thorough and objective account shows the complexities of the issue, which are so often reduced to bumper-sticker slogans and suggests ways in which gun violence in this country can be reduced.
Briggs profiles not only protagonists in the national gun debate but also ordinary people, showing the ways guns have become part of the lives of many Americans. Among them are gays and lesbians, women, competitive trap shooters, people in the gun-rights and gun-control trenches, the NRA’s first female president, and the most successful gunsmith in American history.
Balanced and painstakingly unbiased, Briggs’s account provides the background needed to follow gun politics in America and to understand the gun culture in which we are likely to live for the foreseeable future.
Join author William Briggs for a discussion on the current state of gun ownership in the United States.
About the Author:
William Briggs is a Boulder native who strayed away for ten years before finding his way home. After a career teaching mathematics, in part at University of Colorado, Denver for 23 years, he continues to write textbooks, play in the mountains, and do volunteer work in Boulder.
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