A latent yet pervasive legal doctrine called "Dillon's Rule" is being wielded against Detroit. Writes Davis-Cohen: "Detroit's dismemberment is but a symptom of a legal doctrine - an idea - that has worked to trivialize the American municipality for well over a century."
The opening chapter to The Disunited States strings together actual news reports taken from 30 different US newspapers published on September 22, 1936. The effect is mesmerizing, as author Vladimir Pozner extracts the alienation, class antagonism, racism and sexism endemic to the 1930s.
Not Sandy Hook, not Fort Hood, not the mass shootings in Binghamton, New York, at Virginia Tech, or in Tucson, Arizona, or Aurora, Colorado, have led the body politic to stand up to the National Rifle Association, or the gun manufacturers with which it is aligned, to demand stricter regulations on who can obtain and use firearms. The Last Gun explains the reasons why gun control has become "the third rail" of US politics.