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Guns Don't Kill People, People Kill…

"Guns Don't Kill People, People Kill People": And Other Myths About Guns…

by Dennis A. Henigan

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In debunking the many myths prevalent in the contemporary gun debates Dennis A. Henigan makes far more good points than bad. And unlike some bloated commentary, he does not simply create more bumper stickers, that is a weak and horribly misguided misreading of the book. But alas, some people can only repeat a few cherry-picked items to create an illusion so...

Back to the book, the evidence supports more stringent gun (and bullet) control, which to the knee-jerks (and the just plain jerks) means "they gonna take all my guns!" With very few exceptions that is not what adequate control as debated would do. But they can always use the over-used and, again, weak counter about a slippery slope. These people must live in mountainous ice country to experience so many slippery slopes.

I would recommend this to people on both sides of the debate and those, who are likely the majority, who are in the middle and confused because of the hyperbole from (mostly) the NRA but also the gun control lobby as well. Unfortunately this is one of the topics that find very few venues for actual debate and you usually end up with tangential bluster about mental health (which is certainly a concern but is used as a smoke screen so that, by attacking the mental health profession the debate switches to a different topic) or historical events and debates that only tangentially touch on the topic as it stands today.

Reviewed from a copy made available by the publisher via Edelweiss. ( )
  pomo58 | Apr 28, 2017 |
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Dennis Henigan spends the majority of "Guns Don't Kill People" picking apart the most common anti gun control sound-bites. The book takes a logical, reasoned approach to debunking gun control myths, backed up with facts and data. That being said, if you're looking for a book that presents both sides of the issue, this is not the book for you. However, I believe it is one everyone interested in this issue should read. ( )
  DoctorDebt | Dec 12, 2016 |
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Gun control - always a hot topic for so many. You definitely know which side of the debate that Dennis Henigan is on. This was a challenge to get thru, and I don't think I'll be re-reading the book. I would still suggest it to anyone that wants to at least learn how one side thinks. ( )
  CharlesSvec | Oct 20, 2016 |
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In this book, Henigan takes on the most common (and most successful) of the NRA's pat bumper sticker slogans and shows them to be false, misleading, and at worst, destructive. The data, evidence, and history simply do not support the NRA's agenda. I, like most Americans, support effective, reasonable gun control. I am also a law enforcement officer who carries a gun everyday for work. This book opened my eyes to the truth about guns in our society. ( )
  LaineyMac | Oct 17, 2016 |
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Presenting only one side of an impassioned debate, pretty obvious where this writer stands.
While attempting to discredit the catchphrases used by one side, the writer uses the catchphrases from his point of view.
So outlaw guns, pressure cookers, knives, baseball bats, cars, fists, shoes, anything ever used by EVIL people to murder another human. Sorry, but people DO kill people, and will find a way to accomplish this horrific act no matter what is taken from them, even freedom (check the murder rate in prison, no guns available there!)
How about we follow the laws already in place and force the ATF to abide by them as well (Can you say "Gunwalking"?)

Last thing that should be a key part of this discussion...

"Free Men do not need permission to bear arms." ( )
  Willie3 | Oct 11, 2016 |
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Debunking the lethal logic behind the pervasive myths that have framed the gun control debate

“When guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have guns.” “The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.” We’ve all heard these slogans time and again. The result of a targeted marketing effort by the NRA and other pro-gun organizations, these catchphrases have come to define the contemporary gun control debate.

Dennis Henigan explodes the misguided thinking at the heart of these pro-gun slogans and dissects their deadly impact on US gun policy in this completely revised and updated edition of his much-praised 2009 hardcover (Lethal Logic, which has never been published in paperback). The gun lobby’s remarkable success in infiltrating the gun control lexicon with these catchy slogans has allowed them to block lifesaving gun legislation for decades and gained them unprecedented influence in American politics.

In this well-researched but accessible book, Henigan takes the NRA’s myths to task and exposes the fallacious thinking behind the gun lobby’s bumper-sticker logic.

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