Sunday, April 10, 2011

Second Amendment: Brady Foundation Skype Session

This Monday, we'll be talking with Dennis Henigan, Vice President of the Brady Center and author of Lethal Logic: Exploding the Myths that Paralyze American Gun Policy. Take a moment to review some of this material and prepare questions for him.

Brady Center website

Lethal Logic by Dennis Henigan

Gun Show Video:

Dennis A. Henigan is the Vice President of the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence and Founder of its Legal Action Project. He is the author of Lethal Logic: Exploding the Myths that Paralyze American Gun Policy (Potomac Books 2009).

For twenty years, he has been a leading advocate for stronger gun laws, appearing dozens of times on national television and radio shows, including 60 Minutes, The Today Show, Nightline, Larry King Live and Dateline. He also has written and spoken extensively on liability and constitutional issues relating to gun laws and gun violence, including testifying before several Congressional Committees.

Under his direction, Brady Center lawyers have recovered millions of dollars in damages for gun violence victims, as well as winning precedent-setting decisions on the liability of gun sellers. In 2004, he was named one of the top ten “Lawyers of the Year” by Lawyers’ Weekly magazine. His work as a public interest lawyer has been profiled in The New Yorker.

Henigan received his B.A. from Oberlin College in 1973 and his law degree in 1977 from the University of Virginia School of Law. Prior to joining the Brady Center in 1989, he was a partner in the law firm of Foley & Lardner.

1 comment:

Carl R Triebs said...

Hi Holly - I'm suffering from an idiopathic back problem, so may not be able to make the class tomorrow. I enjoyed P.J. O'Rouke on the subject, and noted that he perpetuates the myth that back in the Golden Age, all Americans were Davy Crocketts or better. You might be interested in the sad case of Michael A. Bellesiles, who wrote a book, Arming America (2000)M
He argues that there weren't that many guns in colonial and the early US; that relatively few men were armed, etc., etc.
Unfortunatly, Bellesiles cut corners in his research and thanks to the hired guns of the NRA, his whole work was discredited. (See Wikipedia article Arming America). But when I was doing research on the ante-bellum militia of my town of Manchester, MA, it was clear that in the early 19th century, damn few of the militia men owned their own weapons--they were supplied by the State and were kept in a central storehouse or arsenal. And the colonial militias were no better off. The actual number of enrolled militia men who formed volunteer companies to fight at Louisberg or take on indians was fairly small. Like today's National Guard or Army Reserves, they were part-time soldiers. CRT