Robert Spitzer appeared on Fresh Air the National Public Radio program to discuss his views on what effects the recent shooting in Arizona will have on federal gun laws. Sptizer also discussed the history of the National Rifle Association and the current political controversy surrounding gun safety laws.
To hear the full interview visit this link: History and Evolution of the NRA
Spitzer is Distinguished Service Professor of Political Science at the State University of New York at Cortland. He is the author of thirteen books and hundreds of articles, essays, and papers on many topics related to American government. His areas of specialty include the American Presidency, and gun control. His recent books include Saving the Constitution from Lawyers: How Legal Education and Law Reviews Distort Constitutional Meaning (Cambridge University Press, 2008), and Gun Control: A Documentary and Reference Guide (Greenwood, 2009).
He is the author of The Politics of Gun Control (ISBN 978-0-87289-417-4; fourth ed., 2008), a book which analyzes the political antecedents and consequences of the controversial issue of gun control. The book examines the history of gun control, the Second Amendment, criminological consequences of guns, the role of interest groups, public opinion, Congress, Presidency, the courts, and the major legislative acts pertaining to gun control, including the Gun Control Act of 1968, the Firearms Owners' Protection Act of 1986, the Brady Act of 1993, the Assault Weapons Ban of 1994, and the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act of 2005. (Biography provided by Wikipeida)