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"Guns Don't Kill People, People Kill People": And Other Myths About Guns and Gun Control

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Debunking the lethal logic behind the pervasive myths that have framed the gun control debate

The gun lobby's remarkable success in using engaging slogans to frame the gun control debate has allowed it to block lifesaving gun legislation for decades. But is there any truth to this bumper-sticker logic? Dennis Henigan exposes the mythology and misguided thinking at the core
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Paperback, 256 pages
Published August 9th 2016 by Beacon Press
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Elliott
May 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
There are some bizarre hostile reviews here (one right wing snowflake accuses left wingers of determining what he can and can't eat?), which is odd considering that this book is pretty tame in its evidence and conclusions it draws. The first chapter for instance is about how guns are solely made for killing things and should be treated as weapons and not tools. I don't understand how that is not common sense to many people in this country but alas.
My only criticism is that it is more a list
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Monica
Jul 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
Denish Henigan, point by point, with numerous sources and citations backing him, demolishes the many pseudo-logical arguments posited by the NRA’s stance against any sort of gun control. He brings to bear studies and papers that have analyzed the complexities of gun violence and unequivocally concludes that states and countries with more guns and weaker gun laws are explicitly correlated with more gun deaths. He debunks commonly accepted myths and propaganda (such as the slippery slope argument) ...more
Roger Leonhardt
Jul 13, 2016 rated it did not like it
I am not a member of the NRA, nor am I personally into guns, but I do care about freedom and personal rights. This is a Left-wing argument for the Government to control yet another area our lives. They already control everything from health to food. I am not sure why the word "liberal" is used when describing the Left. They believe that Government, which is made up of people no better than the rest of us, should regulate every "inalienable" right we have from our "Creator". That is really a type ...more
Boden Brooks
Nov 21, 2019 rated it it was ok
Don’t assume that one side of the gun argument is better without reading both sides this book gives you an understanding of the viewpoint of a pro-gun-control activist. The strongly opinionated book brings up many slogans and quotes that are popular debate topics for conservative people and speakers like to use in debates and on car stickers. The author then debunks or weakens them by citing evidence, studies, polls, and past actions by the NRA.

Overall this book is not a must-read but offers
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Heather Durick
Feb 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
So I had seen a lot of this literature individually through classes in school, but it was terrific to read it summarized and collected together into coherent chapters. Thoroughly researched and cited throughout. Great public health analysis of the issue of gun violence.
Sam
Jul 04, 2016 rated it liked it
I received this book from Goodreads Giveaways.

This book provides an in depth analysis of common blanket statements regarding gun control, including the idea that gun control will lead to guns being outlawed completely or the idea that if guns are controlled, it will mean only outlaws will have access to them.
Dennis Hanigan works to unveil the true purpose and methods that gun control calls for, and pokes holes in the arguments of those who don't support gun control. By using ample statistics and
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Mike  Davis
Jul 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Written by a lawyer and former VP of the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence, this is an excellent background on the misconceptions, origins, legal history and ideological bastardization of the U.S. 2nd Amendment. Henigan begins by shooting holes in the validity of NRA slogans used by gun advocates. He provides copious references and statistics to make his point. He then follows the legal trail from the early Supreme Court interpretation of the 2nd Amendment and exposes the about face following ...more
Brian
Dec 14, 2016 rated it it was ok
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An almost interesting take on the side of gun control. I myself am liberal but see no reason to take away or limit access to firearms. This book just rehashes decades old screams from each side.

This book is really not wortrh the time to read unless you are liberal.
Donna Bresnak
Aug 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I wanted to read this book because I am a gun control advocate and find the arguments listed in this book constantly quoted by anti gun control advocates to be glib. I was pleased to have received this book for free from a goodreads giveaway.

it is a well researched book, thoughtful and helpful. each myth has it's own chapter which has been thoroughly explored with reference material, statistics and history. this book filled my need to understand how to respond with background information to
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Connie
Jul 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
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FTC Disclosure: I received this book free from Goodreads hoping I would review it.
Karen
Sep 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
Pretty good. a little too much detail for the average reader, but still useful and very informative!
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Apr 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
In debunking the many myths prevalent in the contemporary gun debates Dennis A. Henigan makes far more good points than bad. And unlike some bloated commentary, he does not simply create more bumper stickers, that is a weak and horribly misguided misreading of the book. But alas, some people can only repeat a few cherry-picked items to create an illusion so...

Back to the book, the evidence supports more stringent gun (and bullet) control, which to the knee-jerks (and the just plain jerks) means
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