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Every Handgun Is Aimed at You: The Case for Banning Handguns Hardcover – March 1, 2001
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Before Sugarman, nobody had heard of the term "assault weapon", which has since been used as a powerful club to beat gun rights supporters. Ever since this success, the anti-gun marketing campaign has relied on emotion-laden labels like "hidden guns" and "Saturday night special." The title "All Handguns Are Aimed at You" is a classic example of his emotional fear mongering that is specifically designed to bypass any logical filters in the reader's mind.
Sugarman has chosen to pursue a strictly emotion-based strategy to convince people to ban guns. He either ignores facts or makes them up. The success of this approach has attracted other anti-gun zealots like Bellesiles and Kellerman who have a similar disregard for the truth.
In spite of his tactics, one must admire Sugarman for his straightforward position that handguns must be totally banned. He admits that half-measures like licensing and registration are useless.
Don't buy this book to support the author. Sugarman's Violence Policy Center is lavishly funded by grants from left wing foundations and wealthy limousine liberals who know that they will still have access to guns (or armed bodyguards) when the lower classes have all been stripped of the right to self defense.
Do buy this book to add it to your collection of historical works. Place it on the shelf right beside "Mein Kampf".
So, we can stipulate that he is glib, probably intelligent, and that he knows full well what he is up to. He quotes two other sources of misinformation--Michael Bellesiles (who has recently been "outed" as a complete fraud with his book, Arming America: The Origins of a National Gun Culture)and the infamous Dr. Arthur L. Kellerman, who came up with the "statistic" that a handgun in the home is 43 times more likely to kill a family member or acquaintance than an assailant. A statistic that resulted from a totally discredited "study," and a "statistic" which the nation's leading expert on the subject, Dr. Gary Kleck--a criminologist--described as absolutely ridiculous.
There is no point in arguing with these people and their so-called statistical "evidence," since their main argument is to the emotions, rather than the intellect, and is aimed at an audience of urbanites who, for the most part, have little or no knowledge or experience of their own with firearms.Read more ›
This book is geared towards the emotional and irrational mindset. It uses propaganda techniques to the fullest. If you insist on reading this book, do so with great trepidation and access to the FBI statistics website. The FBI crime statistics website will debunk much of the claims in this book. Your ... would be better spent on comic books rather than this poorly contrived work of fantasy.
Josh Sugermann clearly had the opinion that guns are bad FIRST, and then engineered proof to support his view afterwards-
-He quotes from the NEJM study that claims gun owners are more likely to shoot themselves than any attacker. This is a much discredited study (even by other NEJM researchers), and NOONE has ever been able to confirm these findings. Sugermann passes it off to us as fact anyway.
-He ignores alternative reasons for crime. Two drug dealers have a shootout over drug territory. The police will declare this as a drug crime, but Sugermann insists this is a gun crime, without debate. He's literally twisting the facts to give his case more weight.
-Likewise with his using suicide statistics. Suicide is a mental health issue, not a gun issue. Not all people committing suicide use guns, and not all gun buyers commit suicide.
-I won't even discuss his use of emotional anecdotes. Every propagandist that ever lived used such stories to "prove" how bad something is. Remember Josef Goebbels?
-After England passed THEIR handgun ban, crime skyrocketed there 40%. Despite all of Sugermanns statistics and research, it's a real world application of a ban that ultimately proves him wrong.
A flawed study at best, outright propaganda at worst. He CAN put two words together though so I gave him two stars.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I found this book in a $2 bargain bin, and thought it would make for interesting reading. It should have stayed in the bin.
I couldn't even make it a full chapter. Read more
As I read down through the book information and reviews it made me smile that the item most people purchased after looking a this book was a pistol case. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Golden
What nonsense. It does make for a good laugh. I am sure the brain dead will love this book. Sad.Published on May 8, 2013 by Scott
I find mr. Sugarmans fundamental Concept is flawed using inane points of view which for me were rather transparent. Read morePublished on March 18, 2013 by S. Kunkel
this book is better left unread. objective data will always serve one better than prpoganda. if youre already convinced no protection is the best defense but you need to reassure... Read morePublished on January 4, 2013 by vathneant
The author obviously mispresented data from surveys to support his idea. For example on p.24 and p.25, the author made a comparison between percentage of people who oppose handgun... Read morePublished on February 1, 2012 by W. Li
Quoting myself from a forum, didn't feel like re-typing an entire book review:
Of course it's been chock full of cherry picked data (like comparing NY's suicide rate to... Read more
Since all his claims can be debunked, it really isn't worth reading.
It really shines for scrubbing ones rear end though.