Tucson Festival of Books

Gun Violence: The US Scourge

How did guns invade our society? Explore the effect of guns on our minds and sense of safety, how guns impact our criminal justice system and how law enforcement deals with gun use.

Jennifer Carlson

Jennifer Carlson is Professor of Sociology at Arizona State University, where she will be founding the BRIDGS Center: Bringing Research & Innovation into the Debate on Guns in Society. In 2022 she was awarded a MacArthur Genius grant for her research into how guns shape American life, including those who survive gun violence’s harrowing aftermath, police who enforce the country’s complex gun laws, gun sellers and retailers who are on the front lines of surges in gun purchasing and the people who choose to own and carry guns....

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Cameron McWhirter

Cameron McWhirter is a national reporter for The Wall Street Journal and is based in Atlanta. He has covered mass shootings, violent protests and natural disasters across the South. His latest book is "American Gun: The True Story of the AR-15....

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Edwin Raymond

Edwin Raymond, a 15 year veteran of the New York Police Department, is one of the nation’s leading voices on criminal justice reform. He has received numerous accolades, including a Commanding Officer’s Award for exceptional duty, an NAACP Courage and Leadership Award, an International Documentary Association’s Courage Under Fire Award and a Doc Star of the Month Award....

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Merchants of the Right
Gun Sellers and the Crisis of American Democracy
Jennifer Carlson
Current Issues / Politics / Social Science
Princeton University Press
May 2023
ISBN 9780691230399
288 pages

American Gun
The True Story of the AR-15
Cameron McWhirter
History / Biography
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
September 2023
ISBN 9780374103859
496 pages
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An Inconvenient Cop
My Fight to Change Policing in America
Edwin Raymond
Current Issues / Politics / Social Science
October 2023
ISBN 9780593653166
352 pages