On January 8, the nation will pause to remember the terrible mass shooting a year ago in Tucson, Ariz., in which six people died and 13 others were wounded, including the brave U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.
In the wake of this slaughter, committed with a Glock 19 equipped with a 33-round extended magazine, police officials, politicians, gun-control advocates, and Second Amendment defenders have debated whether stricter firearm laws could have prevented this tragedy and others like it. Democrats introduced bills in Congress to ban large-capacity magazines, among other proposals. Strikingly, despite all of the media attention sparked by Tucson, no new gun control legislation made any significant progress at the federal level. President Barack Obama did not lift a finger for the gun-control cause.
In my new book, GLOCK: The Rise of America’s Gun, I describe the retreat of the American gun-control movement and analyze the reasons behind this development. The Glock pistol has been the target of attempted restrictions and also, counterintuitively, the beneficiary of legislation meant to deter its being sold in the U.S.
In the latest issue of Bloomberg Businessweek, the magazine for which I work, I have written an adaptation from the book looking at the decline of the national gun control movement. You can read that article here:
And you can order my book on GLOCK here: