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It is a timely, re­veal­ing book — to be re­leased just as the elec­tion sea­son peaks. “Shall Not Be In­fringed: The New As­saults on Your Sec­ond Amend­ment” by David A. Keene and Thomas L. Ma­son will be pub­lished Oct. 11. The au­thors of­fer a metic­u­lous re­view of the gun con­trol de­bate in Amer­ica and an in­side look at strate­gic op­er­a­tives who use polls, stud­ies and num­bers to con­fuse the public and mud­dle facts.

“The bat­tle over the Sec­ond Amend­ment right of Amer­i­cans to keep and bear arms has been a cen­tral part of the po­lit­i­cal de­bate in this coun­try since the late 1960s, with those blam­ing the avail­abil­ity of var­i­ous kinds of firearms for crime, mass killings and much else lin­ing up against those who be­lieve strongly that the Con­sti­tu­tion pro­tects the age-old right of peo­ple to de­fend them­selves, their fam­i­lies and their homes in an in­creas­ingly dan­ger­ous world,” said Mr. Keene, opin­ion ed­i­tor of The Wash­ing­ton Times and for­mer pres­i­dent of the Na­tional Ri­fle As­so­ci­a­tion.

“We wanted to tell the story of how gun own­ers have suc­cess­fully fought to pre­serve their rights in the face of a well-fi­nanced and un­re­lent­ing as­sault that may well de­cide the 2016 pres­i­den­tial elec­tion,” said Mr. Keene of the book, which tracks war­fare over the Sec­ond Amend­ment in courts, Congress and state leg­is­la­tures — and the role of a hos­tile news me­dia dur­ing the cross­fire.

“We chose this time to let peo­ple know how im­por­tant these rights are, to dis­pel the myths about guns and crime that dom­i­nate the me­dia and to sug­gest that if peo­ple would stop yelling, there are steps that can be taken to make our streets and cities safer with­out in­fring­ing on the con­sti­tu­tional rights of law-abid­ing Amer­i­cans,” Mr. Keene con­tin­ues.

“The sim­ple fact is that the Sec­ond Amend­ment and the rights it pro­tects are on the bal­lot this year. For the first time, the gloves are off as Hil­lary Clin­ton claims the Supreme Court was wrong in de­cid­ing that Amer­i­cans have an in­di­vid­ual right to own a gun for pro­tec­tion and that Great Bri­tain and Aus­tralia — two na­tions that have out­lawed and con­fis­cated most pri­vately owned firearms within their bor­ders — are mod­els we should both ad­mire and fol­low,” he added. Martha Rad­datz (8 per­cent), NBC’s Chuck Todd (7 per­cent), CNN’s Chris Cuomo (6 per­cent), ABC’s Ge­orge Stephanopoulous (5 per­cent), CNN’s Don Le­mon (5 per­cent), CBS’ John Dick­er­son (4 per­cent), CNN’s Jake Tap­per (4 per­cent), CNBC’s Becky Quick (3 per­cent), Salem Me­dia’s Hugh He­witt (3 per­cent), PBS’ Gwen Ifill (3 per­cent), CNBC’s Carl Quin­tanilla (3 per­cent) and CNBC’s John Har­wood (2 per­cent). CAVUTO’S RE­TURN It’s been only four months since Fox News stal­wart Neil Cavuto had open-heart surgery. He al­ready has an­nounced his re­turn to the air­waves, how­ever. The big day is Sept. 6, when the straight­for­ward Mr. Cavuto will take his place in the an­chor’s chair at high noon on the Fox Busi­ness Net­work, and 4 p.m. on Fox News. Mr. Cavuto, 57, serves as se­nior vice pres­i­dent, an­chor and man­ag­ing ed­i­tor of busi­ness for both net­works.


A new book by David Keene and Thomas Ma­son of­fers in­sider in­sight into the Sec­ond Amend­ment de­bate.

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