Thom Hartmann: The Hidden History of Guns and the Second Amendment
Thursday June 6: 7:30PM – 8:30PM
Buy a copy of The Hidden History of Guns and the Second Amendment or a $15 gift card in-store to attend. The event will take place in the Art Department on the 2nd floor of the Strand, accessible at the main store at 828 Broadway.
Doors open 30 minutes before the start of the event.
Join us as popular progressive radio host and a New York Times bestselling author Thom Hartmann looks at the real history of guns in America, and what we can do to limit both their lethal impact and the power of the gun lobby.
Taking his typically in-depth, historically informed view, Thom Hartmann examines the brutal role guns have played in American history, from the genocide of the Native Americans to the enforcement of slavery (Slave Patrols are in fact the Second Amendment's "well-regulated militias") and the racist post-Civil War social order. He shows how the NRA and conservative Supreme Court justices used specious logic to invent a virtually unlimited individual right to own guns, which has enabled the ever-growing number of mass shootings in the United States. But Hartmann also identifies a handful of powerful, commonsense solutions that would break the power of the gun lobby and restore the understanding of the Second Amendment that the Framers of the Constitution intended. This is the kind of brief, brilliant analysis for which Hartmann is justly renowned.