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    The Samurai, The Mountie, and The Cowboy by David Kopel. The book examines the history of gun control in several different nations and addresses the issue of whether their gun control laws would be appropriate for the U.S.

    Be sure to read the chapter on Switzerland before concluding that Kopel is an NRA shill. He debunks the idea, popular amongst pro-gunners, that Switzerland's low crime rate is due to the fact that adult males are required to keep their government-issued assault rifles (the real fully automatic kind, not the bogus "military-style assault weapons" that anti-gunners call any semiautomatic rifle) in their homes.

    The author places significant emphasis on the social conditions in each country and how that relates to crime.

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