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The Seven Myths of Gun Control: Reclaiming the Truth About Guns, Crime, and the Second Amendment Hardcover – June 12, 2001


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Prima Lifestyles; First Edition edition (June 12, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761525580
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761525585
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.8 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #918,203 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for The Seven Myths of Gun Control:
"A blockbuster book every freedom-loving American should read." —Christopher Ruddy, editor, NewsMax.com
"Every woman in America should read The Seven Myths of Gun Control. As the saying goes, 'God made man and woman, Colonel Colt made them equal.'" —Ann Coulter, syndicated columnist and bestselling author
"The Seven Myths of Gun Control shatters preconceived notions of the gun control debate. Richard Poe correctly points out that the Second Amendment is itself a civil right, a right desperately needed by society's most vulnerable citizens. For those concerned about all of our civil liberties, The Seven Myths of Gun Control is an invaluable resource." —Niger Innis, national spokesman, Congress of Racial Equality (CORE)
"This delightful, lively book exposes the myths of the firearms prohibitionists. Armed Americans won their Revolution, and armed Swiss dissuaded Hitler, while all too often the disarmed have been slaves or suffered genocide. Richard Poe shows that the right to bear arms is at the cutting edge of the eternal struggle for liberty." —Stephen P. Halbrook, Ph.D., J.D., author, That Every Man Be Armed and Target Switzerland
"Richard Poe has spoken a forbidden truth. Only a warrior people, armed and ready to defend their liberties, can expect to live free. As a Comanche, I know that he who takes my bow is my enemy." —David A. Yeagley, columnist, FrontPageMagazine.com

From the Author

The Seven Myths of Gun Control was written not out of any personal zest for firearms, but out of my sense of duty as a journalist and citizen. I could no longer stand silent while my Constitution was shredded. The Second Amendment was not written to protect the rights of hunters and sportsmen, but rather to ensure a vital liberty, important to every American.

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Customer Reviews

If you're a gun control advocate, you are in serious need of this book.
Christopher Raissi
This one is the middle finger and guess who you'll be able to show it to when you get done reading this book.
Joshua Minton
I have actually read the book and found it to be very well researched and documented.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

93 of 110 people found the following review helpful By L. Bruno on November 22, 2001
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Poe's work is so important because it gives the other, and more importantly the correct, side of the crime and gun control debate. The media has lost all pretense of objectivity and just presenting the facts. Instead they have become the biggest proponents of gun control.
Lacking the depth of analysis of John Lott's fabulous book, "More Guns, Less Crime," Poe's book still fills an important void in the logical argument that needs to be presented.
This is a book every freedom-loving person, and especially woman, in America should read. If you are already a believer in the Second Amendment, this book will give you added ammunition (forgive the pun) in your ability to convince opponents of the errors in their thinking. If you are anti-gun, this book will shatter your preconceived notions and the illogic of the fireams prohibitionists' claims.
The seven myths that are continually and emotionally espoused, but rationally and logically exposed as totally false by Poe, are:
Myth 1: Guns Increase Violent Crime
Myth 2: Pulling a Gun on a Criminal Endangers You More Than the Criminal
Myth 3: Guns Pose a Special Threat to Children
Myth 4: The Second Amendment Applies Only to Militiamen
Myth 5: The Second Amendment Is an Obsolete Relic of the Frontier Era
Myth 6: We Should Treat Guns the Same Way We Treat Cars, Requiring Licenses for All Users
Myth 7: Reasonable Gun-Control Measures Are No Threat to Law-Abiding Gun Owners
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31 of 36 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 26, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This book is a fast read, and it serves a useful niche taking the research done by others and presenting the work in such a way that it is easily understood by a wide audience. While the book addresses second amendment issues, the biggest emphasis is on how gun control increases crime. It is on this last point that the book relies very, very heavily on John Lott's More Guns, Less Crime and his op-ed pieces. Even though I had read Lott's book, I hadn't read some of his op-ed pieces, so I still got something out of even this discussion. I also think that Poe does a good job of simplifying some of Lott's discussions. My bottom line: is that Poe's book is still a valuable addition to Lott's book.
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37 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Robert on May 8, 2002
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This book makes you think. Which in itself is worth at least a three star rating. After making you think this book gives you facts. Not emotion, but the honest truth about guns. The only place it falls short is right at the end, and for that I dock it a star.
If you own a gun...read this book
If you are thinking about owning a gun...read this book
If you "hate" guns...read this book
If you "hate" guns and make a living off persuading other people to "hate" like you...then try a differnet book. Because this one sells truth not the stuff you make you living off of.
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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Raissi on September 29, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Anyone who is interested in the gun control debate, whether they are on the gun rights side, anti-freedom (pro-gun control) side, or still sitting on the fence, would do well to read this book. For the gun rights advocates, this book will serve as valuable ammunition against the fear monger liberals who's arguments rely only on emotional pleas to the weak minded. If you're a gun control advocate, you are in serious need of this book. It's time to engage your brain and look at the facts. As for those still sitting on the fence, if this book can't push you in the right direction, nothing can.
In very clear and straightforward language anyone can understand, Richard Poe dispels each and every argument the left has made against guns in the course of the debate. Just see the table of contents above (great feature). Each myth named, he dispels quite clearly and concisely. Not only are the empirical statistic based arguments there, so are the logical and historical arguments. Even if you're relatively new to this topic and haven't done much research on the issue before, this would be the book for you if you are now interested in getting your feet wet. As he dispels the arguments of the left, he also lays down the case for the right.
If you've found yourself believing any one of those myths outlined in the table of contents, or unable to respond to those arguments from the left, this book is for you.
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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 21, 2001
Format: Hardcover
In the past, I tacitly believed many of these myths. If you
believe any of these statements, then you must read this book:
- Guns increase violent crime
- Pulling a gun on a criminal endangers you more than the criminal
- Guns pose a special threat to kids
- The 2nd Amendment applies only to miliamen
- The 2nd Amendment is obsolete
- We should treat guns as cars, requiring licenses
- "Reasonable" gun control is not a threat
The author writes in an easy-reading style, working in statistics
as well as many anecdotes. If you haven't thought deeply
about these issues and your opinion has been shaped by the
mainstream media, then you MUST read this. Everybody
else should read it anyway -- no matter which side of the fence
you are on.
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25 of 31 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 12, 2001
Format: Hardcover
The Seven Myths of Gun Control is a GREAT book.

I just finished reading this book last night. You absolutely must read this book if you are a 2nd ammendment supporter! Especially if you are male. I read this one from cover to cover right after I finished John Lott's book More Guns, Less Crime, and it is a great companion book to that one. Lott's book is full of great information (statistical data), but it reads like a college textbook. Poe's book is a smooth, interesting & a quick read. It was hard to put down. I sat up evenings reading this and I took it to work to read at lunch. Now I want my son, my wife and my co-workers to read it. I recommend it as required reading for anyone who feels that owning and carrying a gun is your God-given right.
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