Loaded: A Disarming History of the Second Amendment, is a deeply researched—and deeply disturbing—history of guns and gun laws in the United States, from the original colonization of the country to the present. As historian and educator Dunbar-Ortiz explains, in order to understand the current obstacles to gun control, we must understand the history of U.S. guns, from their role in the “settling of America” and the early formation of the new nation, and continuing up to the present.
Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz grew up in rural Oklahoma, the daughter of a tenant farmer. She has been active in the international Indigenous movement for more than four decades and is known for her lifelong commitment to national and international social justice issues. She is the author or editor of over thirteen books, including Roots of Resistance: A History of Land Tenure in New Mexico; The Great Sioux Nation: An Oral History of the Sioux-United States Treaty of 1868; Indians of the Americas: Human Rights and Self-Determination, An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States, and co-author of All the Real Indians Died Off and Twenty Other Myths about Native Americans.