Gun Crusaders: The NRA's Culture War

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Notes

PREFACE

1. Scott A Melzer, “Gender, Work, and Intimate Violence: Men's Occupational Violence Spillover and Compensatory Violence,” Journal of Marriage and Family 64 (2002): 820–832 (Correction, Journal of Marriage and Family 65 [2003]: 273). For more on compensatory masculinity, see Jan E. Stets, “Job Autonomy and Control over One's Spouse: A Compensatory Process,” Journal of Health and Social Behavior 36 (1995): 244–258; Karen D. Pyke, “Class-based Masculinities: The Interdependence of Gender, Class, and Interpersonal Power,” Gender & Society 10 (1996): 527–549; and Michael P. Johnson and Kathleen J. Ferraro, “Research on Domestic Violence in the 1990s: Making Distinctions,” Journal of Marriage and Family 62 (2000): 948–963.


INTRODUCTION

1. Michael Bellesiles, Arming America: The Origins of a National Gun Culture, 1st ed. (New York: Knopf, 2000).

2. Wayne LaPierre, “2002 NRA Annual Meeting Speech,” May 3, 2002 (retrieved June 30, 2008, from http://nraila.org/news/archives/speeches.aspx).

3. These quotes are taken from NRA member Floyd. More information about Floyd appears in chapter 1.

4. James Davison Hunter, Culture Wars: The Struggle to Define America (New York: Basic Books, 1991), 150.

5. Charlton Heston, “Opening Comments at the NRA Annual Meeting of Members,” May 20, 2000 (retrieved July 1, 2002, from http://www.nrahq.org/ transcripts/index.asp).

6. Motion Picture Associates, The Ten Commandments, Cecil B. DeMille, Director, 1956.

7. National Rifle Association, “The Beagan in You,” narrated by Charlton Heston, A Patriot at the Podium: The Public Life of NRA President Charlton Heston (an NRA film, 2003).

8. Charlton Heston, “Speech to the Opening Session of the Arizona State Legislature,” January 8, 2000 (retrieved July 1, 2002, from http://www.nrahq.org/ transcripts/index.asp).

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Acknowledgments ix
  • Preface xi
  • Introduction 1
  • Part I - Defending Guns, Defending Masculinity 23
  • 1: Frontier Masculinity, America's Gun Culture, and the NRA 25
  • 2: Why a Gun Movement? 44
  • Part II - Talking Guns, Talking Culture War 71
  • 3: Framing Threats to Gun Rights 73
  • 4: Under Attack 110
  • 5: Fighting the Culture Wars 131
  • Part III - Committing to the NRA, Committing to the Right 169
  • 6: The Politics of Commitment 171
  • 7: Right and Far-Right Moral Politics 198
  • 8: The Ties That Bind 224
  • Epilogue - Tomorrow's NRA 247
  • Appendix - Studying the NRA 257
  • Notes 271
  • Index 305
  • About the Author 323
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