Use features like bookmarks, note taking and highlighting while reading Loaded: A Disarming History of the Second Amendment (City Lights Open Media). Loaded: A Disarming History of the Second Amendment, is a deeply researched—and deeply disturbing—history of guns and gun laws in the United States, from the original colonization of the country to the present. Loaded is a high-impact assault on the idea that Second Amendment rights were ever intended for all Americans. history. Click here to sign up for the City Lights Newsletter! It is our anxious denial as much as our public policies that perpetrate violence. Bookstore Tour • In this article, we traced a brief history of gun control throughout the world and in the United States. She has been active in the international Indigenous movement for more than four decades and is known for her lifelong commitment to national and international social justice issues. "—Henry Giroux, author of American Nightmare: Facing the Challenge of Fascism, 261 Columbus Avenue at Broadway, San Francisco, CA 94133 With President Trump suggesting that teachers arm themselves, with the NRA portrayed as a group of "patriots" helping to Make America Great Again, with high school students across the country demanding a … This important book peels back the painful and bloody layers of gun culture in the United States, and exposes their deep roots in the killing and dispossession of Native peoples, slavery and its aftermath, and U.S. empire-making. City Lights T shirts, Tote Bags, Posters & More, Crime Fiction, Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror, Poetry, Poetry Criticism & Poetry Biography. Dunbar-Ortiz takes no prisoners in the destruction of mythology behind both arguments present in today’s gun debate. Loaded: A Disarming History of the Second Amendment, is a deeply researched—and deeply disturbing—history of guns and gun laws in the United States, from the original colonization of the country to the present. You would not think a book on this topic would be a pleasure to read, but brilliant history is. The problem I had with this book is that if you've alreaedy read Dunbar-Ortiz's previous book An Indigenous People's History of the United States, much of this book repeats what is in that one. . There are no easy answers here, just the tough reckoning with history needed to navigate ourselves away from a future filled with more tragedies. Gun culture in America is obviously a huge issue right now, and Dunbar-Ortiz' meticulous outlining of its origins and development really helped me understand why America is what it is today. To see what your friends thought of this book. This was something that I believed, mostly because of the wording, not because of any deeply researched belief. Narrated by Laural Merlington. A model for combining social commitment, theoretical rigorousness, and accessibility. Efficiently dismantles a lot of mythology about both guns and the United States. Loaded: A Disarming History of the Second Amendment Introduced by James Tracy From the author of An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States, Loaded is a deeply researched—and deeply disturbing—history of guns and gun laws in the United States. Be the first to ask a question about Loaded. She argues that the US is exceptional in a way not often known or understood: the US is the only country to make gun ownership paramount to its system of governance which rest upon settler colonialism and barbaric system of slavery. Although LOADED is highly topical as we broadcast because of the Valentine's Day massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, production… Dunbar-Ortiz draws on her deep understanding of US history, politics, and culture to explore why simplistic readings of the Second Amendment to the US constitution fail to capture it's real historical importance. Storefront Banner Series / Mural • The well-backed up argument of this book is that the American obsession with guns is inextricably linked to white supremacy, both in the genocide of indigenous peoples on this land and in the control over enslaved Black people by exterminating militias which evolved into police forces. Loaded: A Disarming History of the Second Amendment, is a deeply researched--and deeply disturbing--history of guns and gun laws in the United States, from the original colonization of … "—Joseph Nevins, author of Dying to Live: A Story of U.S. Immigration in an Age of Global Apartheid, "Loaded is a masterful synthesis of the historical origins of violence and militarism in the US. There was a flourishing civilization in North America when white explorers arrived from Europe. “The astronomical number of firearms owned by U.S. civilians, with the Second Amendment considered a sacred mandate, is also intricately related to militaristic culture and white nationalism. Dunbar-Ortiz presents a vital perspective on what makes the U.S. such an outlier among Western developed nations. anyone at all really wants to 'get to the root causes of gun violence in America,' they will need to start by coming to terms with even a fraction of what Loaded proposes. I definitely recommend it to those who are interested in the connection between history and present day issues of gun violence. We also commented on the racist, sexist, and anti-gay underpinnings of gun control. Explosively, it also shows how even liberal—and some leftist—pop culture icons have been complicit in the myth-making that has shrouded this potent historical truth. The militias referred to in the Second Amendment were intended as a means for white people to eliminate Indigenous communities in order to take their land, and for slave patrols to control Black people.” She describes how the 'savage wars' against Indigenous Peoples, slave patrols (which policing in the U.S. originates from), today's mass shootings, and the rise in white Nationalism are connected to the Second Amendment. She has been active in the international Indigenous movement for more than four decades and is known for her lifelong commitment to national and international social justice issues. (Hint: it's white supremacy!) "—Bill Fletcher, Jr., former president of TransAfrica Forum and syndicated writer, "Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz provides a brilliant decolonization of the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution. Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz's 'Loaded' is a popularly written account of the role of guns and corresponding gun culture that began in the British colonies and was present at the founding of the US on stolen native land. Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets. "—Nick Estes, author of the forthcoming book Our History is the Future: Mni Wiconi and Native Liberation, "With her usual unassailable rigor for detail and deep perspective, Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz has potentially changed the debate about gun control in the United States. This, for me, is the great lesson of Loaded. To Dunbar-Ortiz, the Second Amendment is a reflection of an American gun culture that has countenanced genocide, slavery, and a scourge of civilian-perpetrated mass murders in the modern era. . She follows the bloodstains of today's mass shootings back to the slave patrols and Indian Wars. Stanford Libraries' official online search tool for books, media, journals, databases, government documents and more. From crushing slave rebellions to Indigenous resistance, arming individual white settler men has always been the strategy for maintaining racial and class rule and for taking Indigenous land from the founding of the settler nation to the present. I purchased this book on the assumption that it was a thoughtful, if not scholarly study of the Second Amendment and the varied opinions about it. History and human nature tells us that can happen anywhere and it’s why the Second Amendment is so important. Loaded: A Disarming History of the Second Amendment, is a deeply researched—and deeply disturbing—history of guns and gun laws in the United States, from the original colonization of the country to the present. Professor Dunbar-Ortiz will speak about her new book, Loaded: A Disarming History of the Second Amendment (City Lights Books, 2018). Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz reminds us of what we've chosen to forget at our own peril: that from mass shootings to the routine deployment of violence against civilians by the US military, American violence flows from the normalization of racialized violence in our country's founding history. "—Publishers Weekly, " . Cannot stress enough, this is essential reading for anyone who wants to have an informed discussion about gun control in the United States. Dunbar-Ortiz takes apart some of the common discourse around the Second Amendment and shows how all of these arguments are really dogwhistle racism, patriarchy, and capitalism. Refresh and try again. Loaded: A Disarming History of the Second Amendment, a non-fiction study of the Second Amendment by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz; Loaded (novel), the 1995 novel by Christos Tsiolkas; Other uses: Loaded, a British men's magazine "—Clarence Lusane, Chairman and Professor of Political Science at Howard University and author of The Black History of the White House, "Just what did the founding fathers intend the Second Amendment to do? Loaded: A Disarming History of the Second Amendment, is a deeply researched—and deeply disturbing—history of guns and gun laws in the United States, from the original colonization of the country to the present. What it boils down to for me is Loaded hits on important points that have been neglected in the discussion of America's love affair with guns, namely how the Second Amendment clearly was a mandate to allow frontier individuals the ability of fighting off and attacking Native people in their vicinity for the sake of American expansion. Loaded A Disarming History of the Second Amendment (Book) : Dunbar-Ortiz, Roxanne : "America loves guns. I finished, i don't feel good about, I highly recommend reading it. As historian and educator Dunbar-Ortiz explains, in order to understand the current obstacles to gun control, we must understand the history of U.S. guns, from their role in the "settling of America" and the early formation of the new nation, and continuing up to the present. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Neither party seems to have any idea what the Second Amendment was originally about and why its sanctity has persisted. Loaded is an analysis of the Second Amendment and its historic context, as well as America's gun culture. "—Michael Yellow Bird, professor and director of Tribal and Indigenous Peoples Studies at North Dakota State University, "This explosive, ground-breaking book dispels the confusion and shatters the sanctimony that surrounds the Second Amendment, revealing the colonial, racist core of the right to bear arms. Loaded is a great read for anyone looking for deeper context of our deeply rooted gun culture in the United States. I was waiting with open arms to be educated by Dunbar-Ortiz and devour her every word. Dunbar-Ortiz presents a vital perspective on what makes the U.S. such an outlier among Western developed nations. In. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Like other reviewers have pointed out, it seems as if, For anyone who has ever tried to understand the gun violence in the U.S.A., Loaded should be required reading. The author seems angry, but then we should all be angry. "Dunbar-Ortiz's argument will be disturbing and unfamiliar to most readers, but her evidence is significant and should not be ignored. Clearly, I was misled. Only by coming to peace with our history can we ever be at peace with ourselves. This framework sets her apart from the usual approache. Beyond the Second Amendment, Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz presents essential arguments missing from public debate. Map/Directions • She is no fan of guns or of our absurdly permissive laws surrounding them. Get instant access to all your favorite books. While Australia is often cited as a similar country with a history of gun ownership (and settler violence against the indigenous population), only the U.S. has the Second Amendment to its Constitution: “the right of the people to keep and bear Arms.” That is what keeps the U.S. from addressing its problem in the way Australians have theirs. 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