Light Over Heat #33: The Professor Reviews 4 Books on the NRA

In this week’s Light Over Heat video, I discuss four books on the National Rifle Association (NRA) in light of two persistent myths.

First, that the NRA was a benign, apolitical sportsmans organization prior to the Revolt at Cincinnati in 1977.

Second, that the NRA is “the most powerful lobby in America.” A PBS Frontline episode in 2020 managed to highlight both.

If you would like to buy any of the books I discuss in this post and support local bookstores, please use the bookshop.org links to my storefront. (I donate my affiliate commissions to Bookmarks in Winston-Salem, NC.)

Matthew Lacombe’s FIREPOWER: https://bookshop.org/a/85868/9780691207445

Scott Melzer’s GUN CRUSADERS: https://bookshop.org/a/85868/9780814764503

Tim Mak’s MISFIRE: https://bookshop.org/a/85868/9781524746452 (see also my review)

Frank Smyth’s THE NRA: https://bookshop.org/a/85868/9781250210302 (see also my review, part 1 and part 2)

Other documentation for this video:

On the supposedly apolitical NRA: https://gunculture2point0.wordpress.com/2020/12/15/can-we-drop-the-a-political-nra-narrative-already/

Gangster Capitalism podcast on the NRA: https://guncurious.wordpress.com/2020/05/09/live-tweeting-the-gangster-capitalism-podcast-on-the-nra/

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