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Iowa City IA 52242
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Iowa City writer updates Under Fire with second edition exploring NRA, gun control

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Iowa City writer Osha Gray Davidson received wide critical acclaim for his 1993 book "Under Fire: The NRA and the Battle for Gun Control." In a new, expanded edition published by the University of Iowa Press, Davidson documents the NRA's extremism over the previous five years and demonstrates how it has cost the organization both political power and popular support and offers a well-reasoned and workable approach to gun control.

Sarah Brady, of Handgun Control, Inc. and a leading proponent of gun control laws, says "Under Fire" is "an insightful, behind-the-scenes look at a powerful special interest group that has managed to prevent enactment of sensible gun laws for the last centurythis book is a must."

The New York Times Book Review calls "Under Fire" "a useful, detailed account of legislative battles over gun control during the past 15 yearsan informative and readable report."

Davidson also wrote "Broken Heartland: The Rise of America's Rural Ghetto," "The Beast of Enemies: Race and Redemption in the New South," and "The Enchanted Braid: Coming to Terms with Nature on the Coral Reef."

"Under Fire: The NRA and the Battle for Gun Control" paper edition is available in bookstores for $19.95 or directly from the UI Press by calling (773) 568-1550.

10/21/98