It is a timely, revealing book — to be released just as the 2016 election season peaks, and races to a conclusion. “Shall Not Be Infringed: The New Assaults on Your Second Amendment,” by David A. Keene and Thomas L. Mason, will be published October 11. The authors offer a meticulous review of the gun control debate in America, and an insider’s look at strategic operatives who use polls, studies and numbers to confuse the public and muddle facts.
“The battle over the Second Amendment right of Americans to ‘keep and bear arms’ has been a central part of the political debate in this country since the late sixties with those blaming the availability of various kinds of firearms for crime, mass killings and much else lining up against those who believe strongly that the constitution protects the age old right of people to defend themselves, their families and their homes in an increasingly dangerous world,” said Mr. Keene, the opinion editor of The Washington Times and former president of the National Rifle Association.
“We wanted to tell the story of how gun owners have successfully fought to preserve their rights in the face of a well financed and unrelenting assault that may well decide the 2016 presidential election,” Mr. Keene said.
There’s some legislative and academic backbone at work. Co-author Thomas Mason is an attorney, a former state lawmaker and an associate professor of administration of justice at Portland State University in Oregon. The book offers a substantial story of skirmishes and all-out warfare over the Second Amendment in courts, Congress, and state legislatures — and the role of a hostile news media during the crossfire.