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About the author:
Chris Johnson is the founder of several companies and the current owner and manager of two small businesses. He consults for clients in the areas of strategic management and sustainability. As an entrepreneur with a history of launching new products and new businesses, he is able to assist companies in identifying and leveraging their core strengths to develop winning market strategies.
Chris also has extensive non-profit experience having spent years as Warden and a Member of the Board of Trustees of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City. Chris is currently Treasurer and Member of the Executive Committee of the Laymen's Club, a group a lay persons from the Northeast who, for more than a century, have raised money in support of the Cathedral and its programs.
Also philanthropic, Chris occasionally does projects like this book as a labor of love.
Unsafe In Human Hands
The human stories behind gun ownership and violence in America.
Mr. Christopher Linley Johnson
"Unsafe in Human Hands" describes the problems of violence in present day America as it relates to gun ownership. The book helps illuminate some of the myths and biases that cloud our ability to see these problems clearly, hoping to improve the quality of our national debate. Most importantly, it provides some real solutions.
Selected topics covered in the book;
-Just how do guns get in the wrong hands? Those most at-risk of dying from firearm injury include our youth and persons emotionally prone to suicide.
-Availability of guns - where do they come from?
-Statistics on gun violence in america
-What is the nature of gangs and why people join them? More importantly, how do we reduce their impact?
-The choices people make (Suicide as a choice)
-Social and financial costs of violence - a better way to spend our money
-What are the myths and biases that hinder our debate?
-The Perception Gap regarding just what makes us safe
-Legacy Guns and their impact
-Changing demographics which are altering the political power base
-The Second Amendment
-Many other topics plus recommendations
"There were more than 30,000 firearm-related deaths in the US last year. And more than a hundred thousand shootings that did not result in death, which is a compliment not to our culture but to the emergency medical community. With numbers of this magnitude, we have some important questions to ask and big decisions to make. As a country, we should be very clear whether we want to continue down this path. It speaks to how we wish to live together as a people. This is our choice as a society, and we need the clearest illumination of the problem and some real solutions if we can have any chance of controlling where we are going." - Chris Johnson
Each of the parties to this debate on violence in America has a story to tell. Each is a real human being. Where we go wrong from the very start is to frame this discussion in terms of pejoratives - boxing each other in with labels, or by reducing human lives to statistics and thereby missing the point entirely. Statistics and gun capacities have their place, but first and foremost come people.
This book is a labor of love - 100% of my proceeds go to the charity Cure Violence. Therefore, my only motivation is to 'get it out there'.
- Publication Date:
- 0989121917 / 9780989121910
- Page Count:
- Binding Type:
- US Trade Paper
- Trim Size:
- 6" x 9"
- Black and White
- Related Categories:
- Social Science / Violence in Society