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The author has jam-packed this book with many interesting facts that would have made it a good read. One could argue that he also builds a solid case against the "liberal" agenda for gun control. However, in what must be an attempt to capture a "conversational tone," the author comes off as amatuerish ("So!" "Well!" are irritatingly littered throughout the book). Additionally, the "agenda" sours a bit when it goes from addressing guns and mass murder, to the wildly irrelevant topics of immigration and redefinition of marraige issues - things which must be "pet topics" for the author but dull for those of us only interested in the title of the material itself....Seems like a petty, parting shot at the left at best.
Reading this book reminds me of talking with your older, somewhat eccentric and highly conservative uncle on the front porch, who might not remember everything exactly right and is re-living his "glory days" at the precinct: it's mildly interesting, emphatic, and somewhat convincing--but in the final analysis it rambles far too long, in too many different directions and assumes a familiarity that is off-putting. I would not recommend this book.
Stephen brings a unique perspective, having been a career police officer, military veteran, and student of political history. The previous reviewer mentioned a reference to immigration and marriage w(hich were barely referenced in the book) - but only in the context of the societal shift in our country, where immigration continues to bring people of varying beliefs and values, and there are more single-parent households. There were no implications of prejudice or judgmentalism on the various marital structures in our country. But there are implications for how it relates to safety and the diversity of viewpoints on right and wrong, which can create additional volatility. His intention is not to create fear but to offer helpful commentary so that certain atrocities can be avoided. Stephen brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to bear on subject matter that is timely and relevant. All of his books (including his 3rd book that was just finished) are worth reading. He uses an easy-to-understand conversation tone, because that who he is. A normal individual like you and me who wants to communicate helpful wisdom on a sometimes very divisive topic. Highly recommend.
Compelling, educational, and insightful. It is hard for me to pick up and book and stay with it, but I have had little problem staying interested in Mr. Challis book. He is a wealth of information and delivers it as if you are in the room with him.