Glock author discusses national firearm debate
4:24 pm, February 25th, 2013
Paul Barrett, author of the well-timed book, “Glock: The Rise of America’s Gun,” spoke to the Georgia Bar, Media and Judiciary Conference Saturday, and he offered his thoughts on the current national conversation about firearms.
It’s important to note that Barrett, an editor at Bloomberg Businessweek and a law professor, has done his best to approach Glock in particular, and guns in general, with the objectivity of a reporter, not a partisan. His meticulously reported book explains the success of the Glock pistol, which has attained near-iconic status in America after its humble beginnings in the workshop of an Austrian tinkerer.
Part of the success of the Glock is its superior design, but it also hit the market at the right time, and Barrett had to explore America’s evolving attitudes toward firearms to explain Glock’s trajectory. In the process of researching the book, he became an astute student of firearms’ place in American life.
Yes, Barrett works for that Bloomberg, and Barrett is a gun owner and recreational shooter, and a member of the NRA, for, as he says, “research purposes.”
Here are some of the observations he offered in an hour and a half talk with CNN’s Jessica Thill over lunch at the Georgia Bar.