Knowing Guns: The Ins & Outs of Firearms & Firearms Politics for the Uninitiated

A review of Stu Chisholm's new book Knowing Guns: The Ins & Outs of Firearms & Firearms Politics for the Uninitiated.

Knowing Guns: The Ins & Outs of Firearms & Firearms Politics for the Uninitiated
Knowing Guns: The Ins & Outs of Firearms & Firearms Politics for the Uninitiated

Detroit, Michigan –-( In the wake of recent events and the heated debates over gun control, it can be hard for a person unfamiliar with guns to separate fact from fiction.

Emotion and politics distort the issue, leaving many wondering where the truth lies.

“Knowing Guns” is an attempt to combat the massive disinformation, misinformation and outright lies swirling around the issue while, at the same time, providing non-partisan answers to the questions that often arise.

Everyone from fans of gun control to gun rights activists will come away knowing far more about the political shenanigans taking place on both sides and, armed with this knowledge, find common ground to mutual advantage.

Written for the average person without heavy jargon, fully footnoted and annotated, the book begins with an introduction to the author, Stu Chisholm; a unique individual who is both a part of, yet apart from, what we think of as American “gun culture.”

From the bedrock of the issue, the Second Amendment, right on through to the final ethical and moral considerations of gun use and ownership, Stu provides a guided tour, with a running commentary of all of the hot button issues and current events. In short, it’s a must read for anyone interested in firearms and their politics whatever the reason.

Guns are a hot topic. They’re controversial. They’re political. A discussion on guns is a discussion about life and death, and this brings morality and emotion into play.

Public opinion is divided and entire groups have aligned against one another, each one touting “facts” that support their positions. Misinformation, disinformation and lies are nearly indistinguishable from the truth to the casual observer. Many of the authorities, groups and organizations speaking to the subject seem credible, but they can't all be correct. “Knowing guns” introduces the novice to the main players, showing connections, objectives and motivations of these groups and their followers. “Knowing Guns” asks the questions the reader wants asked, and provides clear, unambiguous answers. When opinion does appear, it is clearly labeled, with all of the reasoning behind it.

The book concludes with a glossary of terms and a suggested reading list so that those new to firearms can continue their educational journey and the experienced become even more expert. If guns and their politics is your interest, then this is a book you'll refer to again and again!


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About the author:
Mobile DJ, business owner/entrepreneur and author Stu Chisholm was born in Detroit, Michigan. A columnist for the DJ industry trade magazine, Mobile Beat, Stu's series on “DJ Security” contained a controversial segment on concealed carry and the use of guns. It was later included in, and expanded upon, in his book, “The Complete Disc Jockey,” published in 2008. Running a business and pursuing what he considers logical security measures, Stu obtained his CCW permit in the state of Michigan in the late '90s and later became active in the gun rights movement. He joined the grass roots group MCRGO, the Michigan Coalition of Responsible Gun Owners, helping to reform Michigan's concealed carry law in 2001. Stu remains an active DJ, writer and activist, and is currently collaborating on an upcoming science-fiction book set in Detroit's near future. He is married to cable television producer, Janette Chisholm and lives in Roseville, Michigan.

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