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Arming America: The Origins of a National Gun Culture

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  1. The Origins of a National Gun Culture" is a controversial book written by former Emory University professor of history Dr. Michael A. Bellesiles and released in September of 2000 by Alfred A. Knopf

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  2. Bellesiles cited the Militia Act of 1792 when he wrote (page 230) : "Further, “every citizen so enrolled, shall... be constantly provided with a good musket or firelock, a sufficient bayonet and belt, two spare flints,” and other accouterments

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  3. The book was an expansion of an article written by Bellesiles in 1996, and published in the Journal of American History, which was awarded "Best Article of the Year" by the Organization of American Historians (OAH)

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  4. The central theme of the book is that guns were uncommon during peacetime in early America

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  5. that they were of little use and that the more widespread use and ownership of guns dates from the time of the Civil War and is the result of advances in manufacturing with the consequent reduction in price and improvement in quality and utility

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