Michael Bellesiles is perhaps most famous as the target of an infamous “swiftboating” campaign by the National Rifle Association, following the publication of his Bancroft Prize-winning book Arming America (Knopf, 2000) — “the best kind of non-fiction,” according to the Chicago Tribune — which made daring claims about gun ownership in early America.And, of course, the commenters don't fail to cover the false comparisons between Bellesiles and Lott. At least that's their take on it.
My favorite was the comment by Lou Gots, which, I'm not sure but, I think was facetious.
We can’t think of Bellesiles without seeing this in our mind’s eye.
What's your opinion? Is there some truth to the theory that Bellesiles was "swiftboated" by the NRA? Is there a fair comparison between him and John Lott?
What do you think? Please leave a comment.