Dec. 27 – James Atwood – Gundamentalism [Christmas Calendar]

The Englewood Review of Books
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December 27

 

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and Where it is Taking America

 

James Atwood

 
Paperback: Cascade Books, 2017
 
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The word “gundamentalism” is appropriated by the author to describe the ideology of “the divine right of guns in America.” He ponders how the gun industry and those acting on its behalf have made the Second Amendment of the Constitution an instrument to paralyze government action to keep dangerous weapons out of the hands of the mentally incompetent, the criminally inclined and those motivated by bigotry and racism who would challenge American governance and institution

Atwood argues that this ideology has produced a “gun empire” that fosters fear and insecurity in the American public to justify the logic and profit of “arming everyone.” Such a commercial goal has fed the increase of violence and division across the nation – much of it based on racial animosity – that greatly complicates effective policing and crime fighting.

 

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