A very honest admission from Dennis Henigan, VP with Brady Center, about the difference between our two communities. He’s speaking of his book, Lethal Logic: Exploding the Myths That Paralyze American Gun Policy:
Third, the â€œhogwashâ€ votes reflect not only motivation, but organization as well. It is fascinating to me that organized efforts have been underway to sink the book under the weight of â€œ1-starâ€ reviews. On several websites followers are urged to send in negative reviews of the book (without, of course, urging them to read the book first).Â Gunbroker.com urges readers to â€œbury this book,â€ while giving helpful instructions on how to do amazon.com customer reviews. TheÂ Maryland Shooters Association suggests that its members post some â€œgoodâ€ (meaning bad) reviews on amazon. These efforts obviously have had some success. Amazon prominently displays an â€œaverage customer reviewâ€ for each book, which for Lethal Logic struggles to reach â€œ3-starsâ€ against the organized â€œ1-starâ€ campaign.
Two forums does not organization make, I would say. I’m not even sure how highly trafficked those forums are compared to, say, AR-15.com or PAFOA. So if Dennis Henigan is feeling the heat now, I can’t imagine what he would think of a serious Zumbo level campaign. But have no fear Mr. Henigan, we in the gun rights community seem to reserve the greatest ire for our own, rather than you folks on the other side. I would not be so quick to judge a whole community by the actions of a few.
I am of the opinion that we should obtain and read the books and writings of our opponents. A confident movement does not feel the need to elevate itself by disparaging others, hiding from controversy, or seeking to achieve victory in the public debate by shouting down opposing ideas without taking them seriously or understanding them. That’s how we go from a strong and confident movement to a weak one. That’s how new tactics and strategies creep up on us and gain momentum.
Ultimately, without building our own intellectual and academic case for gun rights, and taking the opposing wisdom on guns seriously, we would have lost Heller. What Dennis is witnessing might be a demonstration of grassroots energy, which our side certainly has in spades over their side, but it’s displays a lack of seriousness that I think we need if we’re going to keep this ball moving. If you’re going to give Dennis Henigan’s book a bad review, I think you at least ought to read it and come up with some real arguments for why it’s bad.