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The Trigger


The Trigger: Narratives of the American Shooter

By Daniel Patinkin

Six moving profiles reveal the human stories behind gun violence in the United States.

A mother’s untimely death causes a boy’s emotional spiral that culminates in drug-related shooting and twenty-three years in prison; an honor roll student and all-American athlete drunkenly brandishes a shotgun and accidentally shoots a man; a fresh, hopeful Chicago police officer kills an offender while off duty and saves a fellow patrolman; a blue-collar worker suffers a psychotic break and kills his mother. In 2014, there were 8,124 gunshot homicides; the death rate in America from gun homicides is about thirty-one per million people—far higher than almost every other developed nation.

With police incidents, mass shootings, and acts of terrorism, guns remain a controversial and inflammatory topic in the United States. It can be easy to reduce the issue to numbers, or focus on racial tensions or political causes. One quickly forgets that behind each act of gun violence there is a story, a coming together of events that caused it. In The Trigger, Daniel Patinkin brings those stories to the forefront, building moving narratives from exhaustive interviews with six individuals, each of whom have shot and killed someone under different circumstances. In each profile, Patinkin strives to remind us that every perpetrator of gun violence has a face, and that the shooter’s story deserves as much attention as the victim’s.

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Author’s Bio

Daniel J. Patinkin is a Chicago-born writer and businessman. His unique career has spanned the real estate, finance, education, and entertainment industries. He earned a BA in English and history from Indiana University and an MFA in Producing from the University of Southern California. He is also the cowriter, with MMC legend, Chris Leben, of The Crippler.

My Review

5 stars

When I first saw this book I was curious to see how Daniel J. Patinkin would execute this since guns are such a major topic currently. The moment you say gun and shooting you have a sever reaction either against all guns or for them. In the very beginning of the book Daniel even talks about how hard it was to try and find a couple people that would be willing to share their shooting stories.

The Trigger is well executed in how it presents six stories of shootings, what happened, and how it changes the people’s lives afterwards. You will read about a young man that got into selling drugs then had to shoot someone, a man that shoots and kills his own mother, a man that hat to shoot someone in self-defense, a police officer, a young woman that killed her abusive father, and a young man that was out partying and a confrontation with another person goes wrong.

Daniel lays the stories out like they happened and gives you room to come to your own conclusions about them. The stories come from all walks of life and a variety of people. I absolutely love how you hear the full story. Usually in the news we just hear about the event and a little bit about the before and after, essentially just enough to explain/justify the shooting.

As a Second Amendment supporter I feel that we have the right to protect ourselves. But I also this is a right and if you don’t feel comfortable/capable of using the gun, it is your right to not have one. But just like anything, whether it is a gun or knife or anything else, there is always someone out there that is going to abuse that right.

But before I get into a whole discussion about gun rights, I will come back to my review. This is a great look at guns, the people that have had to shoot someone, and how it has affected their lives. This is a wonderful book that is well written and one that I recommend everyone to read. There is so much more to the gun debate than just people being shot and killed and this book has a great approach to the bigger picture.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. I voluntarily chose to read and post an honest review.

I would like to thank Arcade Publishing and the Publicist for the opportunity to read and share this book.

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