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Getting Guns Right

By Williamson, Michael Z.

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Reproduction Date: 2014

Title: Getting Guns Right  
Author: Williamson, Michael Z.
Language: English
Subject: Nonfiction, History, Essay
Collections: Science Fiction Collection, Baen Library Collection
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Publisher: Baen Publishing Enterprises


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Description: This article describes the history of firearms and how firearms have played it's role through history.

Summary: The useage and ownership of guns have always been a topic up for debate. You always see breaking news about some sort of firearms that were misused. We also see a lot of fictional 'facts' about guns in the media. Michael Williamson expresses his opinion about guns used in the media and how it is advertised and sold. For years, any sale of guns were illegal in Chicago. In movies that were made to take place in that era, people purchasing guns were sold firearms because they looked like honest individuals. It is completely false and inaccurate. Guns are and have been used for many purposes. Unfotunately, the media shows the useaghe of guns in a negative light so people are geared towards finding firearms a harmful object to own.

Excerpt: At its basic level, a firearm is a piston engine. A propellant is ignited and powers a projectile down a bore. Instead of working a crank, it is forced out in a chosen direction. The impact energy is simple to calculate, being only a matter of mass and velocity. The terminal effects of certain projectile designs on tissue are more complex, but plenty of data and tests exist, and modern computer models can predict the outcome quite well. Nor do most media stories even touch on this, instead dumbing the entire subject down to good guns, operated by agents of the government, and bad guns, identical guns operated by anyone else, described with various inaccurate epithets intended to stir emotion.

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