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More guns, less crime : understanding crime and gun-control laws

Author: John R Lott, Jr.
Publisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 1998.
Series: Studies in law and economics (Chicago, Ill.)
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Does allowing people to own or carry guns deter violent crime? Or does it cause more citizens to harm each other? Wherever people happen to fall along the ideological spectrum, their answers are all too often founded upon mere impressionistic and anecdotal evidence. In this direct challenge to conventional wisdom, legal scholar John Lott presents the most rigorously comprehensive data analysis ever done on crime. In  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Lott, John R.
More guns, less crime.
Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 1998
(OCoLC)605574504
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: John R Lott, Jr.
ISBN: 0226493636 9780226493633
OCLC Number: 38067725
Description: x, 225 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Contents: [ch]. 1. Introduction --
[ch]. 2. How to test the effects of gun control --
[ch]. 3. Gun ownership, gun laws, and the data on crime --
[ch]. 4. Concealed-handgun laws and crime rates: the empirical evidence --
[ch]. 5. Victims and the benefits from protection --
[ch]. 6. What determines arrest rates and the passage of concealed-handgun laws? --
[ch]. 7. Political and academic debate --
[ch]. 8. Some final thoughts.
Series Title: Studies in law and economics (Chicago, Ill.)
Responsibility: John R. Lott, Jr.
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Does allowing people to own or carry guns deter violent crime? Or does it cause more citizens to harm each other? Wherever people happen to fall along the ideological spectrum, their answers are all too often founded upon mere impressionistic and anecdotal evidence. In this direct challenge to conventional wisdom, legal scholar John Lott presents the most rigorously comprehensive data analysis ever done on crime. In this provocative work he comes to a startling conclusion more guns mean less crime. In what may be his most controversial conclusion, Lott finds that mass public shootings, such as the infamous examples of the Long Island Railroad by Colin Ferguson or the 1996 Empire State Building shooting, are dramatically reduced once law-abiding citizens in a state are allowed to carry concealed handguns.

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