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Lethal Passage by Erik Larson
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May 31, 2008

really liked it
bookshelves: not-fluff, policy, 2008
Read in May, 2008

This was AMAZING! Larson traced the "genealogy" of a gun used in a school shooting in 1989 - a school shooting I'd not heard of, in spite of the fact that I lived in the state (Virginia) where it had taken place.

In the process, he also makes some very apt points about the gun control debate and reveals a few bits of information that make my blood run cold (there's no law prohibiting a blind person from gun ownership).

It's easier to get a license to be a gun dealer than it is to get a license to drive a car. You don't even need a license to buy a gun - just a photo ID - and, he demonstrates that those aren't even checked well.

He manages to criticize the NRA without being too self-righteous or condescending which bolsters the reasonableness of his argument. I strongly encourage this a primer for anyone wanting to know more about the issues. (That said, I still don't fully understand why the NRA is so opposed to registry.)

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