Review by Booklist Review
America is the gun-craziest country in the world, McCann writes passionately in her deeply researched and highly informative book about guns in America. The statistics she cites are staggering: e.g., a total of 1,297 American children are killed by guns each year; 5,790 more are injured; gun violence is the number-two killer of young people, second only to car accidents; 31% of all gun deaths and nearly 50% of gun homicides are young people; and there are many more, a number of them presented in the form of numerous charts and graphs. This lively and smoothly written book is replete with sidebar features, as well, including, notably, profiles of student activists like survivors of the Parkland and Sandy Hook shootings. McCann divides her material into four major sections: ""The Problems,"" which focuses on gun violence; ""How We Got Here,"" which features a scathing profile of the NRA; ""The Solutions,"" which examines states with strong gun laws; and ""Take Action,"" which emphasizes things young people can do, including contacting their representatives in Congress and launching boycotts. Clearly McCann's book is a work of advocacy a clarion call to action, and she expresses her hope that it will inspire readers to become gun safety activists. One hopes she will succeed.--Michael Cart Copyright 2010 Booklist
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Review by Publisher's Weekly Review
Inspired by outspoken student survivors of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in February 2018, McCann (Girls Who Rocked the World) infuses her call to action against gun violence with profiles of young people who are already working across the nation to reduce it. McCann's goal is to increase safety: she aims to disarm critics by stressing the widespread common interest in stronger gun laws; her enemies are apathy and the NRA and its political influence--not gun ownership. Compelling data and charts buttress McCann's presentation of the increasing problem, which she follows with an analysis of how we got here, potential solutions, and a very practical guide for young people galvanized into action. While highlighting the dismaying impact of gun violence--particularly on people of color, the LGBTQ population, women, the mentally ill, and children--McCann maintains an encouraging, spirited tone, exhorting readers to concentrate on six "urgent priorities" at the state or national level. A comprehensive gun glossary and list of additional resources, ranging from social media to nonfiction books and films, supplement this passionate and timely plea to students to help make their country safer for everyone. Ages 12--up. (Oct.)
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Review by School Library Journal Review
Gr 7 Up--With students becoming more involved in gun control debate and activism, this encompassing and attractively designed overview of the facts, effects, and advice from gun control activists will capture the attention of many teen readers. The acknowledgement that urban gun violence went ignored long before mass shootings began to increase is welcome, as are statistics and detailed explanations of how gun violence uniquely impacts women, the LGBTQ community, and BIPOC. Readers are introduced to teens involved in gun control activism--many of those profiled have either been personally affected by gun violence or are advocating for responsible gun ownership and control. Plenty of charts, graphs, and pullout stats make the content accessible for a variety of readers; information is clearly labeled and doesn't clutter the pages. Advice on how to advocate for gun control is clear-cut. An account from a teen who grew up in a hunting environment, a mention of Columbine survivor and Colorado state legislator Patrick Neville, who supports arming teachers with guns, and an acknowledgement that the majority of gun owners have guns for non-nefarious purposes are included. Although this title is aimed at teens, adults could also gain insightful information on activism. VERDICT This encompassing guide will be a boon for students eager to become better educated about gun violence and gun control, especially with regard to suggestions on meaningful ways to get involved. A timely, thoughtful, far-reaching, and inclusive look at gun control and gun violence issues.--Jennifer Schultz Angoli, Fauquier County Public Library, Warrenton, VA
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Review by Kirkus Book Review
A handbook explaining why and how readers can do their parts to end gun violence.This is a substantive look at the causes of the serious epidemic of gun violence in America and a how-to manual for making positive changes to create safer schools and communities. Using well-researched facts, this book dispels the myth that nothing can be done. Topics covered include the impact of gun violence on marginalized communities (systemic racism and structural violence, Black Lives Matter, hate crimes), the history of the National Rifle Association, strategies and policies in states that are successfully combating gun violence, and information about gun control in other developed countries. Standout graphics and images as well as informative graphs and maps and a mixture of eye-catching fonts keep readers' attention and make the data easier to absorb and remember. Profiles of activists, many of them teens who have been directly affected by gun violenceand even a few gun owners who advocate for responsible gun ownershipat the end of each chapter place a human face on the epidemic. Most usefully, the book contains detailed strategies for taking action, beginning with the foreword by Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action. While the harrowing stories and facts will make an impact, this book ultimately seeks to empower young people. Will give readers tools for combating a problem that leaves many feeling helpless. (resources, gun glossary, notes) (Nonfiction. 13-18) Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.
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