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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on February 18, 2013
Clear, concise, research-based arguments for gun control while directly refuting NRA arguments. This book is a excellent addition to the national discussion.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on November 14, 2013
The unfortunate fact is that people think "gun control" and "gun ban" are the same thing. This book puts emphasis on regulation, not outright bans. It shows flaws in current policies that allow the "bad guys" to easily acquire guns, and shows what could be done to fix those loopholes while respecting lawful owners' rights.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on February 5, 2015
The book highlights the need for more gun laws. Criminals, mentally disturbed people and even terrorists have no problem getting guns here. The man who shot the 2 policemen in NY recently had a criminal record and it meant nothing when he bought his gun. Any attempt to improve the situation is met with cries of " They want to take our guns away" which has never been the goal of the Brady Campaign or of any of the other gun safety organizations.
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118 of 187 people found the following review helpful
on June 25, 2009
The problem with this book is that it isn't so much about research into real facts about gun control and its effectiveness (or lack thereof), it's simply an attack on a political strategy of using slogans to mobilize a political base. Which is funny, because all this book itself is, is a vacuous piece of political propaganda.

The author tries to convince the reader that these slogans are all the gun rights supporters have. But this isn't even remotely true. Even the American Academy of Sciences and the CDC, after comprehensive reviews of all research on the subject, came to the conclusion that there is no convincing research to support the premise that gun control reduces crime or violence. Comparative studies between the US, the UK, and Australia indicate that gun control may actually increase violent crime (there is a very strong correlation, at least). Even the Clinton Administration's own studies of their "Assault Weapons Ban" concluded that the law did absolutely nothing to reduce violence in the US. One of the other reviewers mentioned "scare tactics". But another thing the author doesn't address is that, while gun control laws have generally been loosened in the US over the last 20 years (especially in allowing private citizens to carry concealed weapons - 48 states now allow it, with 2 not even requiring a permit), violent crime overall, and gun crime specifically, have consistently dropped over the same period. So the gun control supporters who cry out about escalating gun violence (which is a lie in itself) are really the ones using scare tactics.

And yet he doesn't address any of this. Instead he sets up a straw man of a gun rights movement that has none of this factual evidence to support it, and which depends strictly on catchy slogans. Then he knocks it down with half-truths, making it seem like his side actually doesn't have a major credibility problem. It's not that the other side doesn't have any real evidence to back up their claims, it's just that he conveniently pretends it doesn't exist.

If you are an ardent gun control supporter and just want something to make you feel warm and fuzzy inside, or if you are a gun-rights supporter and want to really get angry, by all means, buy the book. On the other hand, no matter what your position on the question of guns, if you want an intelligent and honest evaluation of facts on guns and gun control, steer clear of the author and this attempt of his to do nothing more than the same thing as the NRA's catchy slogans. Don't forget, he's the vice-president of a lobbying group with a major stake in the issue. This book reads more like a jealous rant simply because the opposition is doing a better job.
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13 of 22 people found the following review helpful
on April 8, 2011
If you look at the distribution of reviews, you will find (not surprisingly) that most people either love this book or hate it, and again (not surprisingly), that more hate it than love it. Why? Because the book truly strikes a nerve for people who engage in black and white thinking and who bristle when their thinking is challenged. Contrary to what virtually all of the negative reviews say, this book is extremely well-researched and well-reasoned. The author rightly takes the position that the gun lobby status quo in this country is not sacrosanct and should be addressed. He does not advocate getting rid of everyone's guns (acknowledging that this is neither practical nor legal) but does present compellingly reasonable ways to help reduce gun violence. I strongly suspect that the negative reviewers had their minds made up beforehand and actually read very little of the book, which challenged them to actually think and examine the status quo.
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64 of 104 people found the following review helpful
on December 3, 2009
I am new to this issue, and was looking to gain some knowledge on the subject. If you want to read a poorly written rant directed at the NRA and gun owners based on opinion and a very selective use of statistics buy this book. If you want real unbiased information, fact, and ideas on how to effectively address the issue this book is not for you. What we need is an organization that it's true agenda is to reduce gun violence. The Brady Campaign's only interest is in new laws and further restricting gun ownership, not to reduce gun violence. Would be nice to have an organization that would take an objective look at the issue, and get down to the actual heart of the issue. This extremism on both sides is getting us no where. What's sad is that if the NRA and Brady Campaign would work together on the issue they could accomplish great things together. However, the Brady Campaign has proven they have no interest in pursuing the issue in any manner that does not involve banning this and banning that, restricting this and restricting that, etc. The Brady Campaign needs to stop attacking CCW holders for starters, maintaining a list on CCW crimes is one of their favorite things to do. The idea the permit made them do it is ludicrous. Think about it, they actually think that an individual that will willingly take someone's life will only do so if the law permits them to legally carry a concealed weapon. Obviously if they will commit a crime like murder this individual could not possibly care less if the law says they can stick a hand gun in their coat or not. Hopefully one day an organization will emerge that its true mission will be reducing gun violence by any means that actually works, and not only through enacting new laws and attacking the law-abiding. The brady campaign would be surprised with most gun owners if they would give them a chance and not try and depict them as terrorists and such.
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30 of 50 people found the following review helpful
on February 22, 2010
This book contains enough facts backed with sources and data to help anyone to understand a large part of why our fine country leads the world in death and injury from gun violence. History and facts support a bumper sticker: "The NRA promotes the death and injury of thousands of children a year." The main reason for the NRA to use their powerful muscle to block any and all registration of fire arms and cartriges is a paranoid and false fear that it will lead to the loss of owning their legal guns. Gun owners now have a clear "constitutional" right to own guns for self defense. So, what keeps the NRA from supporting laws that will reduce gun ownership by criminals and the mentally ill? Dennis Henigan provides some reasonable answers if you have eyes to see and a rational mind.
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on December 31, 2013
Very effective in exposing the various falsehoods spread in opposition to gun control as well as arguing the case for gun control. The facts are all in this book though the opposition to gun control is largely ideological rather than fact based.
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72 of 120 people found the following review helpful
on June 30, 2009
If we had authors asserting that religion and politics have killed more people than almost anything else over the course of history (which they have), and that we should therefore restrict religious or political beliefs, you'd hear a massive outcry. If an author pointed out that speech is just as dangerous as any weapon and should be restricted by government, the ACLU would be storming the barricades in defense of that civil right. But move one amendment away, and it's trendy to try and strip all people of a civil right because of what some bad people do, even though that right also helps to defend the good people against the bad.

Henigan has for years asserted that law abiding citizens shouldn't be allowed to arm themselves. He has relentlessly pursued stripping individuals of this civil right, through every avenue from public propaganda to civil litigation to legislation, all the while reasserting the Brady Campaign's failed policies. This book is just more of the same; save yourself the money and just visit the Brady Campaign's website if you want to be indoctrinated. The irony is that the sloganeering and propaganda that Henigan rails against are the same tactics that the Brady Campaign has used for over a decade.
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46 of 77 people found the following review helpful
Author Henigan coauthored Guns and the Constitution: The Myth of Second Amendment Protection for Firearms in America (Aletheia Press, 1995); his position was dismissed by the Supreme Court a year ago in Heller v. DC who found that the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms is an individual right of Americans.

This current work is yet another lame attempt to fog the truth.
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