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Lethal Logic: Exploding the Myths That Paralyze American Gun Policy


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Guns don't kill people; people kill people.When guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have guns.An armed society is a polite society.Who hasn't heard these engaging assertions, time and time again? Burned into the national consciousness by years of targeted, disciplined messaging by the National Rifle Association and others, they are just a few of the bumper-sticker slogans that have defined the gun control debate in America. Long ridiculed by gun control advocates, they are the first words that come to mind for most Americans when the gun issue is discussed.This is the first book both to acknowledge the profound and deadly impact of the gun lobby's bumper-sticker logic on the gun control debate and to systematically expose the misguided thinking at the core of the pro-gun slogans. Indeed, the author contends that the gun lobby's remarkable success in blocking passage of lifesaving gun laws is the result, in large part, of its relentless and effective use of these simple and resonant messages. Their persuasive power has been a largely ignored influence on the current politics of gun control, in which the gun lobby wields unprecedented power in the Republican Party, while many Democratic Party leaders see the policy benefits of stronger gun laws as not worth the political risk of standing up to the NRA. The book contends that the current political stalemate over guns will never be broken until the pro-gun slogans are exposed as the cleverly disguised fallacies that they are.

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"Guns don't kill people. People kill people." Henigan, vice president for law and policy at the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence and founder of its Legal Action Project, takes aim against the gun lobby's bumper sticker logic and exposes the misguided thinking at the core of pro-gun slogans. Each chapter focuses on a specific slogan, analyzing the arguments against gun control that the slogan conveys and investigating whether they make sense logically and in the face of statistics. The author contends that the gun lobby's political power will never be overcome until these myths are destroyed. The book is distributed in the US by Books International. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (


Systematically refutes the bumper-sticker logic of the gun lobby

Product Details

Henigan, Dennis
Potomac Books
Henigan, Dennis A.
Public Policy - General
Government - Judicial Branch
Gun control
United states
Gun control -- United States.
Political Freedom & Security - Civil Rights
Politics - General
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