book of the month


By Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz

The United States loves guns. From Daniel Boone and Jesse James, to the NRA and Seal Team 6, gun culture has colored the lore, shaped the law, and protected the market that arms the nation and the world. In this book the author peels away the sacred myths of Americans “right to bear arms” to expose the true origins of the Second Amendment, specially the connection between the arming of the early Anglo settlers, modern day policing, and the persistence of white supremacy as a political force.  From the nation’s origins in slavery and colonization to the current proliferation of mass shootings, LOADED presents an invaluable history of firearms in the U.S.

This is a deeply researched and deeply disturbing history of guns and gun laws in the U.S. The author (a historian and educator) feels that to understand the current obstacles to gun control, we must understand the history of U.S. guns, from their role in “settling of America” to the present.