An excellent, balanced overview of gun control in the US. Newton is careful to indicate the biases of his sources, and also notes when statistics have been challenged by the pro-or anti-gun lobbies. This useful addition to the ""Issues in Focus"" series gives a historical perspective on gun ownership and use, then discusses guns in relation to the Second Amendment and to federal, state and local laws, as well as current problems of guns and violence, arguments of gun and anti-gun lobbies, and possibilities for the future. A well-organized, scrupulously fair book on an important topic. B&w photos; extensive chapter notes; sources for further information; further reading; index.