By 1990 there were approximately 200 million guns in private hands in the United States, and around half of American households contained a gun. Over 30,000 people a year are killed with guns in suicides, homicides, and accidents, and Americans use guns for defensive purposes as many as a million times a year. There is little doubt that gun violence and control are issues of vital importance, and they continue to inspire national debate. It is doubtful, however, that most gun debates are worth listening to. Not surprisingly, they generally leave their participants exactly where they began, with their biases intact, and onlookers perplexed. Written deliberately to counter an atmosphere of hysteria and extremism, Point Blank, now in paperback, offers logical argument supported by empirical information. It confronts fundamental questions head-on. On its initial publication in 1993, Point Black won the Michael J. Hindelang Award of the American Society of Criminology for the book that "made the most outstanding contribution to criminology," Point Blank reports both original research and assesses existing evidence drawn from a wide variety of academic disciplines, including criminology, sociology, law, and medicine.
Release on 2010-01-01 | by Scott Ciencin,Andres Esparza,Fares Maese
Author: Scott Ciencin,Andres Esparza,Fares Maese
Category: Juvenile Fiction
Identical twins Noah and Peter Eccleston make a great team, especially when playing paintball, but when a coach offers a chance for only one to join his elite team, they must compete against one another for the spot.
When an investigation into a series of mysterious deaths leads agents to an elite prep school for rebellious kids, MI6 assigns Alex Rider to the case. Before he knows it, Alex is hanging out with the sons of the rich and powerful, and something feels wrong. These former juvenile delinquents have turned well-behaved, studious—and identical—overnight. It's up to Alex to find out who is masterminding this nefarious plot, before they find him.
Nothing to Declare; Operation Wonderland; Roses and Morphine
Author: Liz Tomlin
Pubpsher: Intellect Books
Category: Technology & Engineering
This definitive publication of Point Blank’s early work is essential reading for students, audiences, actors and directors interested in radical new writing for performance. Comprehensive notes are provided to enable a range of potential re-stagings of the texts, and the critical essays offer readers new interpretations of the interplay between contemporary performance practice and the prevailing political climate. Nothing to Declare asks you to imagine Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen on safari in Beirut as it follows the trail of an obsessive wannabe design guru travelling through a middle-eastern war zone looking for inspiration. Operation Wonderland (shortlisted for a Critics Circle Award 2004) features an unlikely suicide bomber seeking to live out his fantasies and put a grim end to the magic of the Disneyesque theme park ‘Wonderland’, while Roses and Morphine sees the memories of war atrocities transformed into corrupted fairy tales in the archive of a mythical library.
Mafia Massacre Four deputy U.S. marshals are slaughtered along with the witness they're guarding, a former Mafia member set to testify in New York. When it's revealed the kill order came from a powerful Calabria crime family, Mack Bolan decides it's time to stop the bloodshed at its source. After arriving in Italy, Bolan learns trouble has already begun. Killing the witness is not enough; the Mafia is intent on murdering his entire family, including women and children. With local law enforcement on the Mafia's payroll and spies everywhere, infiltrating the family is nearly impossible…especially as Bolan has been marked for death. Dodging bullets at every turn, he's got to maximize every strike. The Mafia may have home advantage, but the Executioner won't stop until he blows their house down.
All Seth Anderson wanted to do was to graduate. Point Blank takes us into the final weeks of his senior year as Seth finishes his last assignment-a project for his philosophy class exploring the question, "What is the meaning of life?" Suddenly Seth finds himself in the middle of the worst school shooting in the history of America and forced to find meaning for his own life, while staring point blank at the barrel of a gun. What would you say if a gun was pointed at your head, Point Blank?
The Silver Spurs Ranch was hotly contested and highly coveted. And Kali Cooper had just inherited it, alongside a passel of troubles. Like any good neighbor—and true cowboy—Zach Collingsworth offered Kali his protection. And that's when things really got dangerous…. The devil-may-care scion of the Collingsworth empire was the full measure of a man. More than Kali dreamed she could handle, but he made it clear he'd be handling her. Brash, but determined, Zach found his true calling at her side—and wouldn't leave it till she was safe and sound in his arms. Somehow "safe in his arms" was the biggest risk Kali Cooper had ever taken.
Men are from Mars and women are from Venus¿this has become quite a popular expression in our society today, denoting how very dissimilar men and women are. And the dynamics of these diversities are at the very core of successful (or not so successful) male-female relationships. In this book, the author talks about the massive differences between the male and female psyches, and how they affect the foundation of a relationship. Through funny anecdotes and practical facts he¿s learned from a lifetime of experience, he¿ll share with us his point of view of the signs to watch out for before committing to a relationship¿and what to expect if we didn¿t watch out for them.