The Last Gun

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The Last Gun

How Changes in the Gun Industry Are Killing Americans and What It Will Take to Stop It

By Tom Diaz

New Press, Hardcover, 9781595588302, 319pp.

Publication Date: April 2, 2013


Tom Diaz is a former gun enthusiast and an ex-member of the National Rifle Association whose first book, Making a Killing, is widely considered to be the most influential antigun book ever written. Its publication helped to spark a national media campaign around the machinations of the gun industry and the wave of gun violence it spawned.

Picking up where Making a Killing left off, The Last Gun looks at how the gun industry has changed dramatically in the intervening decade, how the nature of gun violence has changed in step with industry trends, and why the time is ripe for a new political effort to attack gun violence at its source: the guns themselves.

In The Last Gun, Diaz offers a chilling, up-to-date survey of the changed landscape of gun manufacturing and marketing, including the disturbing trend toward military-grade, high-powered gun models and the latest statistics on how these more powerful guns have enabled new levels of gun violence to crest. The Last Gun shows how the once-impregnable gun lobby has become a paper tiger,” reviewing recent legislative and judicial developments, as well as important local case studies, to show that now is the time for a renewed effort to bring a fundamentally corrupt and dangerous industry to heel.

About the Author
BARBARA NEWMAN, author of The Covenant: Love and Death in Beirut, is a senior fellow with the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies and is the founder of Barbara Newman Productions, Inc., which has produced numerous documentary films for Discovery Channel, A&E Network, the History Channel, and Showtime, among others. She was senior producer/creator of the Now It Can Be Told series, a nationally syndicated newsmagazine, and, before that, an investigative producer for ABC News's 20/20. She was also a correspondent for National Public Radio and hosted All Things Considered.
TOM DIAZ is the author of "Making a Killing: The Business of Guns in America," From 1993 to 1997 he was the lead Democratic counsel on counterterrorism issues, helping to write key antiterrorism legislation. He has recently served as a consultant to the U.S. Department of Justice on the use of high technology by terrorists and as law-enforcement investigative tools. As a reporter he has covered conflicts and tensions in Central America, India, Pakistan, the former Soviet Union, and the closing days of the 1991 Gulf War.

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