Lawyers, Guns, and Money: One Man's Battle with the Gun Industry

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This inspiring book recounts the heroic efforts of Tom McDermott, a lawyer and victim of the infamous Colin Ferguson rampage on the Long Island Railroad, to take on the gun industry. He is among the leaders of an innovative and promising strategy to circumvent the NRA's political power and courts constrained by interpretations of the Second Amendment. Through civil action he hits the gun companies where it hurts most: the bottom line. Making insurance difficult for manufacturers to get, he has helped reduce the number of cheap hand guns, "Saturday Night Specials," often used in crime. This is a riveting account of tragedy turned into action, and how the law can be used to defend victims rather than enrich corporations.

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Carol X. Vinzant is editor of BusinessWeek Stock Trader and has written for Fortune, Slate, Spy, and The Washington Post.

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“The more people read this very well written and compelling book, and encourage others to read it, and the more we all act on it's advice--the safer America will be. If you read only one book this year, make it this one. The lives of those you love most may depend on it.” ―Amitai Etzioni, author of How Patriotic is the Patriot Act: Freedom Verssus Security in the Age of Terrorism. (Routledge, 2005)

“An intimate look at a world few of us know, but most of us fear. A fascinating, memorable, and disturbing book by a gifted and tenacious reporter.” ―Joe Queenan, author of True Believers and Queenan Country

Lawyers, Guns and Money is an excellent book. It's the dramatic and moving story of Tom McDermott, and how a shocking chance encounter changed his reason for living. It's also a terribly cogent look at the National Rifle Association, its history, its disproportionate influence, and its bogus arguments. Finally, it's the intricate tale of how scamming insurance dealers enabled the most dangerous gun dealers to stay in business, and how Tom McDermott began unraveling the connection. Carol X. Vinzant deserves thanks and praise for the skillful way she has woven these stories together to produce a riveting and enlightening book.” ―Jamie Malanowski, Managing editor of Playboy

Lawyers, Guns, and Money is an excellent book that exposes the manipulations of the gun industry - anti-government rhetoric from one face, professed loyalty to police and the Pentagon from the other. Providing the gun industry's unauthorized history, surprising even to a long-time firearms expert, it follows the gun industry's methods of disenfranchising the public while intimidating legislators. And it provides reason for hope, in the promising efforts to find new ways to control the damage guns do to society.” ―Whit Collins, national firearms litigation and policy consultant

“Carol Vinzant superbly tells a story that can help change the story of gun violence in America. Gun manufacturers will hate this book, and that's precisely why it's so valuable to the rest of us.” ―Gavin de Becker, Bestselling Author, The Gift of Fear

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