Sasha Abramsky, a widely published freelance journalist and lecturer at the University of California, addresses the horrifying scale of gun violence in this excerpt from Jumping At Shadows. He explains, "It has never been so easy to own guns in America, or to own such powerful guns, as it is in the early twenty-first century."

Joanna Bourke, a history professor at the University of London and the prize-winning author of eleven books, in this excerpt from Deep Violence, gives a history of how shooting sports and owning guns have become a "family value" in the U.S. She explains how neoconservative values and the wielding of weapons of destruction are mutually reinforcing,