Enough Is Enough: How Students Can Join the Fight for Gun Safety – Michelle Roehm McCann

  Enough Is Enough: How Students Can Join the Fight for Gun Safety – Michelle Roehm McCann, foreword by Shannon Watts, Simon Pulse; (978153449237), 2019

Format: paperback ARC (out in October 2019)

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4

What did you like about the book? Enough is Enough is targeted at teens who are interested in becoming activists for gun safety in America. Note that the focus is gun safety and not gun control. Throughout the book, the distinction is made in an effort to assuage gun owners that the goal is not to take away all guns in America, but instead pass commonsense legislation that will make our country safer. The author starts with “A Note to Gun Owners” in which she mentions her own family’s love of hunting. Teenage activists are profiled in each chapter, including Riley Mulberger, a young hunter in Pennsylvania who wants safer gun storage laws and stronger background checks nationwide. The book also profiles gun safety and gun control activists like Julia Spoor, the founder of Students Demand Action, whose father committed suicide. Julia advocates for Red Flag Laws (only 17 states have them), which makes it possible for family members and law enforcement to temporarily take guns away from an individual who poses a threat to himself and others. Overall, this book is well-researched and well-designed. Frequent graphics with statistics about the problem from many different angles both break up the text and serve to highlight the crisis in a salient way. The book is laid out in a clear way starting with the problem itself and then delving into the history and causes of the current situation, followed by examining solutions and laying out an action plan students can follow to get involved and advocate for change. Solutions for change include legislation in the United States, as well as examples from abroad (did you know that in Japan, those who wish to own a gun must take a class, a written test, a shooting range test, a mental health test and more and even then they can only own an air rifle or shotgun!?). The book includes a foreword by Shannon Watts, the founder of Moms Demand Action, as well as extensive recommended resources and a glossary. Enough is Enough is a well written book that will be useful for research projects, but is also highly readable all on its own. Highly recommended for all middle school and high school collections.

To whom would you recommend this book?  Students who want to arm themselves with all the information they need to become an activist for gun safety.

Anything you didn’t like about it?  At times the information became repetitive. Also, there isn’t an index!

Who should buy this book? All middle school and high school libraries

Where would you shelve it? nonfiction

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Definitely make a point to peruse it enough to booktalk it; we need to get more student activists on board!

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Laura Gardner, Dartmouth Middle School, Dartmouth, MA

Date reviewed: August 6, 2019

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