Locked & Loaded

The Battle Over U.S. Gun Control

Southern California Book Festival Honorable Mention-Best Non-Fiction


Southern California Book Festival Honorable Mention-Best Non-Fiction

When it comes to deaths by firearms, the United States can be likened to a veritable slaughterhouse. As compared to seven other developed countries with a collective population that is roughly the same as that of the U.S., total deaths by firearms in a representative year has been approximately 12 times higher in the U.S. than in those countries—with about 32,774 people dying in the U.S., as compared to 2,689 dying in the other countries.

Gun control advocates suggest this is primarily as a result of the high prevalence of firearms in the United States, which is seven times more per 100,000 residents than it is, on average, in the comparison countries, and the relative lack of gun control in the U.S. is a strongly exacerbating factor.

Gun rights advocates, on the other hand, suggest “the right to keep and bear arms,” as specified in the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, is of paramount importance, and that firearms deaths would actually be reduced if more American civilians were encouraged to carry guns.

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About the Author

After being educated in economics at Yale University, David Ritchey served five years as an officer in the U.S. Navy, including a year in Vietnam. Back in civilian life, he initially became a businessman as he had been trained but, suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, he dropped out, got a divorce, moved to a remote old stone farmhouse and took up fine art photography as his vocation, winning over 60 awards during the next fifteen years.

During that period, he became fascinated with the psychology and neurology of both creativity and metaphysics and returned to school to train as a psychotherapist. During his fifteen years of clinical practice specializing in hypnotherapy, he undertook a twelve-year project to research and write about such subjects and his first book, The H.I.S.S. of the A.S.P., was published in 2003. Writing proved to be every bit as rewarding as photography and became his primary vocation. Being an inveterate learner, he focused on non-fiction subjects, enjoying the research as much as the writing. His more than forty published works have won over 25 literary awards. His books can be found at www.davidritchey-author.com and online book stores.

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His avocations have included scuba diving, sailing, skiing, tennis, golf, gardening, woodworking, dogs, magic, bridge, and Scrabble. He has two adult children, Harper and Mac, and one almost-adult grandchild, Brendan. He lives in historic Bucks County, Pennsylvania, and spends most of his time either writing or engaging in stimulating conversations over restaurant meals with close friends.


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