Magazine December 17, 2018, Issue

Gun Country

Bill Martin, 72, takes aims with a Ruger Mini-14 rifle on his ranch near Carizzo Springs, Tex., September 5, 2018. (Callaghan O'Hare/Reuters )
First Freedom: A Ride through America’s Enduring History with the Gun, by David Harsanyi (Threshold Editions, 320 pp., $27)

Gun control is culture change. That’s the first thought I had after reading David Harsanyi’s excellent and meticulously researched new book, First Freedom: A Ride through America’s Enduring History with the Gun. In one volume, he not only charts the development of firearms in American history, but he does the immensely more important task of showing how the firearm has been integral to the development of the American nation and the American culture.

In other words, from a historical perspective, the phrase “gun culture” is misleading, implying that the Ameri­can use of guns and respect for gun rights represent a

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Gun Country

David French reviews First Freedom: A Ride through America’s Enduring History with the Gun, by David Harsanyi.

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One reader praises Shawn Regan’s recent article, “Consider the Dusky Gopher Frog”; another praises Sen. Chuck Grassley.
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