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Publisher's Summary

With President Trump suggesting that teachers arm themselves, with the NRA portrayed as a group of "patriots" helping to Make America Great Again, with high school students across the country demanding a solution to the crisis, everyone in America needs to engage in the discussion about our future with an informed, historical perspective on the role of guns in our society. America is at a critical turning point. What is the future for our children?  

Loaded: A Disarming History of the Second Amendment is a deeply researched - and deeply disturbing - history of guns and gun laws in the United States, from the original colonization of the country to the present. As historian and educator Dunbar-Ortiz explains, in order to understand the current obstacles to gun control, we must understand the history of US guns, from their role in the "settling of America" and the early formation of the new nation, and continuing up to the present.

©2018 Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz (P)2018 Tantor

Critic Reviews

"You simply cannot understand the United States and its disastrous gun-mania without the brilliant Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz as a guide." (Astra Taylor, author of The People's Platform: Taking Back Power and Culture in the Digital Age)

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Extremely important historical telling.

This book is not easy, but it is so very Important to everyone living in America today. This is our history, our karma, our responsibility to understand and teach. Dunbar-Ortiz does it again after "An Indigenous History of the US" Also a must read. It took a very long time for the audio version of LOADED to be produced. Dunbar-Ortiz is a force of nature.

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The real history of guns and gun culture

I wasn't taught any of this. Thank goodness for Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz for unpacking conservative and liberal myths about the destrucive construction of the United States.

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US history

So much true history about the the European imperialist settler. So saddening. True, true, true

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One odd comment about a note left by a gunman that said the federal reserve is owned by foreign banks. It is

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A white mans awakening

This work was fascinating to listen to just as much as it was painful. Painful in an emotional way and not physical. I am white, and i know my race is soaked in the blood of thousands in this country. This book enlightens the listner to the painful reality. Our country is empowered and founded by racist and now extremely entrenched dogma that is often commercialized into a pretty package and sold as "freedom." I own 12 guns, and after listening to this book all i want to do is sell them. I want to truly be free of my hypocrisy. I dont want to be a part of the problem. I want to be on the right side of history.

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This text is already a classic, essential reading!

This text is indispensible for understanding our historic context and how to be meaningfully engaged

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Half-assed revisionism at it's finest

This book reads more like propaganda than history. I have no qualms with facts, ugly as they may be. Important facts are left out in order to support a narrative: racism. The entire book's thesis is about trying make the Second Amendment about racism and those that support it as racists completely ignoring the facts that black men and women also own guns and exercise their second amendment rights given by Nature, or God. (reader's choice)

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Compelling new(?) thesis on a well-worn topic

Not the same old "well regulated militia" argument. Acknowledges the strengths and weaknesses of the standard arguments made by both sides of US gun debate. Packed with historical details - will be worth listening to twice. Thankfully, the narrator is excellent and doesn't distract from the content.

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best nonfiction the complete history of america

this true story is intense and relentless. i see a hopeful little boy believing in heroes by never knowing the truth. now i understand how we got here. now it all makes sense.

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Groundbreaking history of the US

Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz has written yet another volume of history as eloquent and informative as it is devastating. If you thought you knew everything about how settler-colonialism in the United States functioned historically, and how it -- and its accompanying culture of guns and violence -- continues to dominate society today, think again, and read (or listen to) this book.