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Tuesday, January 1st, 2002

Richard Poe, author of the
book, The Seven Myths of Gun Control,
is the January recipient of the
CCRKBA Gun Rights Defender of
the Month Award.
“For years,” said CCRKBA Public
Affairs Director John M. Snyder,
“we have witnessed gungrabbing
establishmentarians using
all sorts of specious arguments
to promote their gun control
agenda. Poe, in his book and
in many of his columns, punches
holes in these arguments and he
has done it in a way easily understandable
to the reader. For his
outstanding contribution to the
development of an intelligent
and popular promotion of arguments
for the individual right to
keep and bear arms, he is most
deserving of this award.”
In the book, released last summer,
Poe cuts through the blizzard
of anti-gun propaganda to
present the truth about guns,
crime and freedom. He details
the seven most common arguments
used by gun prohibitionists,
debunking each one with a
wealth of statistical and legal data
gleaned from top experts in the
field of guns and gun rights.
Poe states the seven myths are
that guns increase violent crime;
that pulling a gun on a criminal
endangers you more than the
criminal; that guns pose a special
threat to children; that the Second
Amendment applies onto to
militiamen; that the Second
Amendment is an obsolete relic of
the frontier era; that we should
treat guns the same way we treat
cars, requiring licenses for all users;
and that reasonable gun control
measures are no threat to law
-abiding gun owners.
Poe is an award-winning journalist
and a New York Times-bestselling
author with several books
to his credit. He is editor of David
Horowitz’ webzine FrontPage-
M a g a z i n e . c o m a n d His columns
also appear on Christopher
Ruddy’s He
worked as an editor and writer at
weekly newspapers in Syracuse.
Poe moved to New York and
became managing editor of the
East Village Eye, a magazine covering
Manhattan’s counterculture,
at the height of the East Village
art and club scene. Later, he
worked as a reporter for the New
York Post. He then turned to
writing about business and entrepreneurship,
first for Venture
magazine, then as senior editor
for Success. He left Success to become
a fulltime author in 1992