Lethal Logic

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.

Author: Dennis A. Henigan

Publisher: Potomac Books, Inc.

ISBN: 9781597973564

Category: Political Science

Page: 282

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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.

Lethal Logic

Exploding the Myths That Paralyze American Gun Policy Dennis A. Henigan. Copyright © 2009 by Dennis A. Henigan Published in the United States by Potomac Books, Inc. All rights reserved. No part of this book may be reproduced in any ...

Author: Dennis A. Henigan

Publisher: Potomac Books, Inc.

ISBN: 9781597976299

Category: Law

Page: 282

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Systematically refutes the bumper-sticker logic of the gun lobby.

Guns Don t Kill People People Kill People

Text design and composition by Kim Arney This is an entirely revised and completely updated edition of Lethal Logic: Exploding the Myths That Paralyze American Gun Policy (Washington, DC: Potomac Books, 2009).

Author: Dennis A. Henigan

Publisher: Beacon Press

ISBN: 9780807088845

Category: Social Science

Page: 256

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“A must-read for every American who longs to bring sanity to our nation’s gun laws,” this book debunks the lethal logic behind the myths that have framed the gun control debate (Ariana Huffington, co-founder of HuffingtonPost) 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 of these pro-gun catchphrases, which continue to have an outsized influence on public attitudes toward guns and gun control. He counters the gun lobby’s messages by weaving together the most compelling current research and insights drawn from the grim reality of deadly gunfire in our homes and communities. Henigan charts a new path toward ending the American nightmare of gun violence. Pro-Gun Myths Include: “When guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have guns.” “An armed society is a polite society.” “The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.” “Gun control doesn’t work because criminals don’t follow the law.” “Gun manufacturers shouldn’t be responsible for gun crime, any more than Budweiser is responsible for drunk driving.” “We don’t need new gun laws. We just need to enforce the ones we have.” “Gun control is a slippery slope to complete gun bans.”

Gunfight The Battle Over the Right to Bear Arms in America

... Politics of Gun Control, 136–40; Dennis Henigan, Lethal Logic: Exploding the Myths that Paralyze American Gun Policy (2009), 75. On the NRA's killer amendment, see Spitzer, Politics of Gun Control, 136–37; Brady Center, NRA, 14.

Author: Adam Winkler

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 9780393082296

Category: History

Page: 361

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A provocative history that reveals how guns—not abortion, race, or religion—are at the heart of America's cultural divide. Gunfight is a timely work examining America’s four-centuries-long political battle over gun control and the right to bear arms. In this definitive and provocative history, Adam Winkler reveals how guns—not abortion, race, or religion—are at the heart of America’s cultural divide. Using the landmark 2008 case District of Columbia v. Heller—which invalidated a law banning handguns in the nation’s capital—as a springboard, Winkler brilliantly weaves together the dramatic stories of gun-rights advocates and gun-control lobbyists, providing often unexpected insights into the venomous debate that now cleaves our nation.

Guns in American Society

Confessions of a Gun Lobbyist. New York: Wiley, 2008. Henigan, Dennis A. Lethal Logic: Exploding the Myths That Paralyze American Gun Policy. Dulles, VA: Potomac Books, 2009. Kates, Don B. “The Hopelessness of Trying to Disarm the Kinds ...

Author: Gregg Lee Carter

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 9780313386701

Category: History

Page: 1096

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Thoroughly updated and greatly expanded from its original edition, this three-volume set is the go-to comprehensive resource on the legal, social, psychological, political, and public health aspects of guns in American life. * 450 alphabetically organized entries, including 100 new for this edition, covering key issues (suicide, video games and gun violence, firearm injury statistics) and events (workplace shootings, the Virginia Tech massacre) * 102 expert contributors from all academic fields involved in studying the causes and effects of gun violence * A chronology of pivotal moments and controversies in the history of firearm ownership and use in the United States * An exhaustive bibliography of print and online resources covering all aspects of the study of guns in the United States * Appendices on federal gun laws, state gun laws, and pro- and anti-gun-control organizations

Confronting Gun Violence in America

Can J Public Health. 2001; 92(5): 396–398. Henigan D. Lethal logic: exploding the myths that paralyze American gun policy. Washington, DC: Potomac Books; 2009. P. 19, 27. Henigan D., Lethal Logic. P. 28. Kleck G. Targeting guns. P. 304.

Author: Thomas Gabor

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9783319337234

Category: Social Science

Page: 367

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This book critically examines the link between guns and violence. It weighs the value of guns for self-protection against the adverse effects of gun ownership and carrying. It also analyses the role of public opinion, the Second Amendment to the US Constitution, and the firearms industry and lobby in impeding efforts to prevent gun violence. Confronting Gun Violence in America explores solutions to the gun violence problem in America, a country where 90 people die from gunshot wounds every day. The wide-range of solutions assessed include: a national gun licensing system; universal background checks; a ban on military-style weapons; better regulatory oversight of the gun industry; the use of technologies, such as the personalization of weapons; child access prevention; repealing laws that encourage violence; changing violent norms; preventing retaliatory violence; and strategies to rebuild American communities. This accessible and incisive book will be of great interest to students and researchers in criminology and sociology, as well as practitioners and policy-makers with an interest in gun ownership and violence.

Guncrazy America

Guns, Politics, and Paranoia Early American history had a lasting influence on American attitudes toward guns and what ... Lethal Logic: Exploding the Myths that Paralyze American Gun Policy (2009); James Jacobs, Can Gun Control Work?

Author: Frank N. Egerton

Publisher: AuthorHouse

ISBN: 9781546241591

Category: History

Page: 360

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The conclusion of this professor-historian (emeritus) is that our gun culture had its uses in establishing American civilization, as slavery did. But we came to recognize (after a bloody civil war) that slavery was a gigantic mistake, and now I think it’s time to realize that our gun culture was a similarly gigantic mistake, though of a different kind. And we need to do what we can to minimize its horrible impacts and move on to a more positive development of a humane civilization.

Gun Crime in Global Contexts

Henigan, D.A. 2009 Lethal Logic: Exploding the Myths that Paralyze American Gun Policy. Dulles, VA, Potomac Books. Hennop, E. 1997 Illegal firearms in circulation in South Africa, in Gamba, V. (ed.) Society under Siege, vol. 1.

Author: Peter Squires

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781136184642

Category: Social Science

Page: 400

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Every year around three-quarters of a million people die (directly or indirectly) as a result of gun violence, with most deaths occurring in the poorest, yet also most highly weaponized parts of the world. Firearm proliferation -- 875 million global firearms -- is a direct contributor to both regional conflicts and to crime. This book attempts to understand the inter-related dynamics of supply and demand which are weaponizing the world. Now over ten years after Peter Squires’s Gun Culture or Gun Control?, the issues pertaining to gun violence and gun control have developed dramatically. With Gun Crime in Global Contexts, Peter Squires offers a cutting-edge account of contemporary developments in the politics of gun crime and the social and theoretical issues that surround the problem. This book contains: an innovative political analysis of neo-liberal globalization and weapon proliferation; an overview of recent gun control debates and gang strategies in the UK; an updated analysis of US gun politics: self-defence, race and the ‘culture war’; a critical analysis of US school and rampage shootings, how they have impacted the gun debate and how different societies have responded to mass shootings; an examination of the UN's development of an Arms Trade Treaty (2001--13); a discussion of weapon trafficking; discussions about youth gangs around the world, including those in Brazil, Kenya, West Africa, Mexico and South Africa. With its interdisciplinary perspective and global reach, this book will be important reading for academics and students interested in youth and gang crime, violent crime and comparative criminal justice, as well as peace and security studies and international relations.

Gun Guys

Private Guns, Public Health. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2004. Henigan, Dennis A. Lethal Logic: Exploding the Myths that Paralyze American Gun Policy. Dulles, Va.: Potomac Books, 2009. Kelly, Caitlin. Blown Away: American ...

Author: Dan Baum

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 9780307962218

Category: Social Science

Page: 352

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Dan Baum is a gun fanatic. He is also Jewish Democrat who grew up in suburban New Jersey. In Gun Guys, he takes us on a guided tour of gun stores and gun shows, shooting ranges and festivals, contests and auctions, trying to figure out what draws so many of us to guns in the first place. Is it just part of being American? Introducing a wide cast of characters, Baum shows both sides of the gun culture in America, bringing an entire world vividly to life, and in doing so helping to find a middle ground in the gun debate, where actual conversation can take place.

Warped Narratives

Distortion in the Framing of Gun Policy Melissa Kate Merry ... “Survey Research and Self-Defense Gun Use: An Explai nation of Extreme Overestimates. ... Lethal Logic: Exploding the Myths That Paralyze American Gun Policy.

Author: Melissa Kate Merry


ISBN: 9780472131662

Category: Firearms

Page: 236

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The politics of gun policy in the United States are dramatic. Against the backdrop of daily gun violence--which claims more than 33,000 lives per year--gun control groups push for stronger regulations, while gun rights groups resist infringements upon their Second Amendment rights. To illuminate the dynamics of this polarized debate, Warped Narratives examines how and why interest groups frame the gun violence problem in particular ways, exploring the implication of groups' framing choices for policymaking and politics. Melissa K. Merry argues that the gun policy arena is warped, and that both gun control and gun rights organizations contribute to the distortion of the issue by focusing on atypical characters and settings in their policy narratives. Gun control groups emphasize white victims, child victims, and mass shootings in suburban locales, while gun rights groups focus on self-defense shootings, highlighting threats to "law-abiding" gun owners. In reality, most gun deaths are the result of suicide. Homicides occur disproportionately in urban areas, mainly affecting racial minorities. While warping makes political sense in the short term, it may lead to negative, long-term consequences, including constraints on groups' ability to build broad-based coalitions and to reduce prospects for compromise. To demonstrate warping, Merry analyzes nearly 67,000 communications by 15 national gun policy groups between 2000 and 2017 collected from blogs, emails, Facebook posts, and press releases. This book is the first to systematically assess the role of race in gun policy groups' framing and offers the most comprehensive examination to date of interest groups' presentation of this issue.