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Gun Policy News, 23 April 2000

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23 April 2000

New York Times

IN the rancorous national debate over gun control, both sides assume that America's earliest experiences with guns shaped the modern American character. Where they differ is on whether Americans should embrace their frontier heritage and reliance on guns, or resist it. This heritage is widely assumed but rarely examined, even in history books. "The prevalence of firearms and the high value placed on the quick draw made a sure shot the test of manliness," Daniel J.... (

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