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In Sunday’s New York Times, columnist Joe Nocera debates Dan Baum, author of the new book Gun Guys: A Road Trip, which Baum wrote after publishing his August 2010 Harper’s Magazine cover story, “Happiness Is a Worn Gun: My concealed weapon and me.” During their exchange, Baum and Nocera discuss the fine points of gun safety, the kinds of gun-control laws America should pass, and the need for a moderate counterpart to the National Rifle Association.
Baum has also blogged about guns for Harper’s, and will publish a new feature on assault weapons in the magazine this summer.
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"It is an interesting and somewhat macabre parlor game to play at a large gathering of one’s acquaintances: to speculate who in a showdown would go Nazi. By now, I think I know. I have gone through the experience many times—in Germany, in Austria, and in France. I have come to know the types: the born Nazis, the Nazis whom democracy itself has created, the certain-to-be fellow-travelers. And I also know those who never, under any conceivable circumstances, would become Nazis."