Suggested Reading

Firearms and Personal Defense

America Fights Back
In defense of the Second Amendment and the individual’s right to self defense.
Gottlieb, Alan and Workman, David, 2007, Merril Press,
ISBN: 978-0-936783-50-5.


Armed: New Perpsectives on Gun Control
Kleck, Gary and Kates, Don, 2001, Prometheus Books,
ISBN: 978-1573928830.


Armed and Female: 12 Million American Women Own Guns, Should You?
Written by a woman for women and is an excellent source of information if you are not sure about self-defense or owning a firearm.
Quigley, Paxton, 1993, St. Martin’s Paperbacks
ISBN: 978-0312951504.


Armed and Female: Taking Control
Updated information and examples from her original work published in 1993.
Quigley, Paxton, 2010 Merril Press
ISBN: 978-0936783611.


Concealed Carry: The Shooter’s Guide to Selecting Handguns
Clapp, Wiley, 2002, Paladin Press
ISBN: 978-1581603675.


Dial 911 and Die
A state by state evaluation of the 911 system and an excellent argument why you should be prepared to be “The First Responder” in a life threatening situation
Stevens, Richard W., 1999, Mazel Freedom Press, Inc.
ISBN: 0-9642304-4-5


Guns in the Workplace: A Manual for Private Sector Employers And Employees
Klein, Chuck and Gustavson, William M., 2010, Merril Press
ISBN: 978-0936783499.


Innocent Targets: When Terrorism Comes to School
A good overview but lacking in detail. “Terror at Beslan” is the preferred read for this topic.
Dorn, Michael and Dorn, Chris, 2005, Safe Havens International
ISBN: 978-0974124018.


Inside the Criminal Mind
If you want to understand the criminal mind in easy to understand layman’s terms and language, this is the book.
Samenow, Stanton E., 1984, Crown Publishers
ISBN: 1-4000-4619-X.


More Guns, Less Crime: Understanding Crime and Gun Control Laws
Lott, John R. Jr., 2000 (2nd edition), University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 978-0226493640.


Not an Easy Target: Paxton Quigley’s Self-Protection for Women
Women’s strategies for self defense written by a lady who has truly “been there, done that” but who did not always advocate firearms.
Quigley, Paxton, 1995, Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 0-671-89081-6.


On Combat
Includes an exhaustive study of extreme stress reaction and post traumatic stress disorder and how to control or prevent it. Presented for the police officer or “sheepdog” with a warrior’s mindset.)
Grossman, David E., 2008 (3rd Edition), Warrior Science Publications
ISBN: 978-0964920545 (


Personal Defense for Women
Hayes, Gila, 2009, Gun Digest Books
ISBN: 978-1440203909.


Point Blank: Guns and Violence in America
Kleck, Gary, 1991, Aldine de Gruyter
ISBN: 978-0425113295.


Stayin’ Alive: Armed and Female in an Unsafe World
Women’s strategies for self defense.
Quigley, Paxton, 2005, Merril Press
ISBN: 0-936783-43-5.

Stop Teaching Our Kids to Kill
Should be required reading for ALL parents. Empirical information about media violence, guns, and children. This is a truly important book!
Grossman, David E. and Degaetano, Gloria, 1999, Crown Archetype
ISBN: 978-0609606131.


Stopping Power: Why 70 Million Americans Own Guns
Schulman, J. Neil and Kleck, Gary, 1999,
ISBN: 978-1584450573.


Supreme Court Gun Cases
Kopel, David B., Halbrook, Stephen P., and Korwin, Alan, 2003, Bloomfield Press
ISBN: 978-1889632056.


Targeting Guns: Firearms and Their Control
Kleck, Gary, 1997, Aldine Transaction
ISBN: 978-0202305691


Terror at Beslan
This is a factual account of the 3-day siege of the school in predominantly Christian North Ossetia by a well-armed and trained jihadist group. 330 were killed (172 were school children) and 700 more were injured. Required reading for every American police officer, it reads like a blueprint for how and why these events occur. It also highlights why the U.S. and our school systems are not prepared for an armed assault in our schools.
Giduck, John E., 2005, Archangel Group
ISBN: 978-0976775300


Thank God I Had a Gun,
Bird, Chris, 2007, Privateer Publications
ISBN: 0-9656784-5-8. (True accounts of self-defense.)


That Every Man Be Armed: The Evolution of a Constitutional Right
Halbrook, Stephen P., 1994, Independent Institute
ISBN: 978-0945999386.


The Best Defense
True stories of intended victims who defended themselves with a firearm.
Waters, Robert A., 1998, Cumberland House
ISBN: 1-888952-97-0.


The Bias Against Guns: Why Almost Everything You’ve Heard About Gun Control is Wrong
Lott, John R. Jr., 2003, Regnery Press
ISBN: 978-0895261144.


The Concealed Handgun Manual: How to Choose, Carry, and Shoot a Gun in Self Defense
Bird, Chris, 2007, Privateer Publications
ISBN: 978-0965678476.


The Gift of Fear
Understanding fear and how to use it proactively to protect ourselves in extreme circumstances. EVERY PARENT SHOULD READ THIS BOOK and then decide when their children should read it too!
DeBecker, Gavin, 1997, Delta Publishing
ISBN: 978-0-440-50883-0.


The Seven Myths of Gun Control: Reclaiming the Truth About Guns, Crime, and the Second Amendment
Poe, Richard and Horowitz, David, 2003, Three Rivers Press
ISBN: 978-0761524250


The Survivors Club
Understanding the secrets and science of survival in extreme circumstances that could save your life.
Sherwood, Ben, 2009, Grand Central Publishing
ISBN: 978-0-446-58024-3.