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Lethal Logic: Exploding the Myths That Paralyze American Gun Policy 1St Edition Edition
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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.Read more ›
A good example of this is his gun suicide argument. He 'debunks' arguments that gun availability does not affect overall suicide by stating that 92% of attempted gun suicides are completed, which sounds horrifying until you realize that he never addressed the actual question at all. If he had wanted to look at the research, there are a number of unbiased studies which show that availability of firearms may change suicide methods, but it does not affect overall suicide rates.
Overall I would have to say that this book is a severe disappointment, coming as it does from an esteemed public interest lawyer.
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More anti-gun nonsense. - More guns equal less crime. Deal with it.Published 19 months ago by SKULLY DOG
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. Read morePublished on November 14, 2013 by ShotgunMage
Clear, concise, research-based arguments for gun control while directly refuting NRA arguments. This book is a excellent addition to the national discussion.Published on February 18, 2013 by Val
If you really want us to give up our guns .Its not long till we end up a communism country .How did that work out for Russia .Published on December 27, 2012 by Don Hull
The author takes the premise that denying all citizens the right to buy, own, and use guns is justified if it could have prevented isolated massacres and other criminal activity... Read morePublished on February 2, 2012 by Michael K. O'connor
The book is worthless unless your using it as a target or as something to start a fire. Don't waste your money on this book with its faulty information.Published on December 13, 2011 by xtremedays
One of the few books I did not get from Amazon but thought I'd put my two cents in. Just finished this book and I thought is was very good reading. Read morePublished on May 28, 2011 by InfoSeeker
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... Read morePublished on April 8, 2011 by D.A. Kelly
Dennis Henigan explains chapter by chapter how slogans often used by the gun toting community are false and often counter-productive to creating a safer nation. Read morePublished on April 5, 2011 by UNDER:Combination Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Detectors