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- Language: English
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Lethal Logic: Exploding the Myths That Paralyze American Gun Policy Hardcover
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About the Author
Dennis A. Henigan is the Vice President for Law and Policy at the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence and Founder of its Legal Action Project. For twenty years, he has been a leading advocate for stronger gun laws, appearing dozens of times on national television shows, including 60 Minutes, The Today Show, Nightline, Larry King Live, and Dateline NBC. Henigan coauthored Guns and the Constitution: The Myth of Second Amendment Protection for Firearms in America (Aletheia Press, 1995). --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.
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Overall, a well put together book with lots of information, but it definitely falls short of qualifying as a reference for guns and violence in America.
Henigan's proposals and arguments appear to be designed to find common ground among gun owners and gun control supporters because he is not opposed to individuals owning guns. Further, in several places, Henigan discusses the fairly recent Heller decision and its implications. Even though he does not agree with the ruling, Henigan believes that the decision, which affirms an individual's right to own a gun and the right to regulate said right, should allay gun owners' fears that their guns will be banned and confiscated, and direct the debate to sensible laws and enforcement. The reader is left to infer, to twist a slogan, that if only well trained law abiding stable individuals had guns that did not fire when dropped, outlaws would be severely disadvantaged.
Henigan briefly touches on the faith some gun rights supporters have in their beliefs about guns. For example, in chapter 3, he quotes Warren Cassidy, the former NRA leader, saying, "You would get a far better understanding if you approached us as if you were approaching one of the great religions of the world." Further, Henigan also states in the prologue that he is, "not arguing that destroying the NRA MYTHOLOGY [emphasis added]," although necessary, is sufficient to overcome the political power of the NRA. As a person of faith, I am aware that many of things that I believe to be true, not just in a spiritual sense, e.g., love your enemies, turn the other cheek, etc., but in a historical sense as well, e.g., a virgin birth, a physical resurrection of an executed man, the God of universe becoming a baby, etc., seem foolish. In fact, Paul, one of the earliest leaders of my faith, even addressed the apparent foolishness of Christianity in his first letter to the Corinthians. I freely admit that no amount of logical explanation can persuade me to let go of these beliefs because I accept them on faith. Since one of the tenets of my faith is honesty, not to admit as much does a disservice to my beliefs.
Before I purchased this book, I read quite a few of the reviews on Amazon. It is woefully apparent that most of the negative comments were written by people who did not read the book or did not consider the arguments presented therein. As well written and thorough as Henigan's book is, I fear that nothing short of a religious type conversion or apostasy, depending on your viewpoint, will change hearts and minds on this topic.