The Development of the Gun Control Lobby: American Democracy at Work
This study will examine the history of the gun control movement, from its origins to its present day organization, stature, and agenda. It will look at the ways in the which the movement has adapted itself, i.e. the methods and strategies used in the process of transformation. The study will then reflect on these methods and adaptations through the theories of social movement and interest groups. The purpose here is to use the important observations of group political behavior from both theories to better understand and predict the patterns of group activism for this case study. These theories can help explain how the past and present patterns of adaptation have affected and may still affect the success of the group in achieving the goals of firearm regulation.