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More Guns, Less Crime: Understanding Crime and Gun Control Laws (Studies in Law & Economics) Hardcover – 11 Jun 1998


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  • Hardcover: 234 pages
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press (11 Jun 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0226493636
  • ISBN-13: 978-0226493633
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 16.1 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,754,586 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"This sophisticated analysis yields a well established conclusion that supports the wisdom of the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution rather than of those who would limit the right of law-abiding citizens to own and carry guns. The general reader may find of most interest chapter 7 which documents how far ‘politically correct’ vested interests are willing to go denigrate anyone who dares disagree with them. John Lott has done us all a service by his thorough, thoughtful scholarly approach to a highly controversial issue."—Milton Friedman

"Armed with reams of statistics, John Lott has documented many surprising linkages between guns and crime. More Guns, Less Crime demonstrates that what is at stake is not just the right to carry arms but rather our performance in controlling a diverse array of criminal behaviors. Perhaps most disturbing is Lott's documentation of the role of the media and academic commentators in distorting research findings that they regard as politically incorrect."—W. Kip Viscusi, Cogan Professor of Law and director of the Program on Empirical Legal Studies, Harvard Law School

"John Lott has done the most extensive, thorough, and sophisticated study we have on the effects of loosening gun control laws. Regardless of whether one agrees with his conclusions, his work is mandatory reading for anyone who is open-minded and serious about the gun control issue. Especially fascinating is his account of the often unscrupulous reactions to his research by gun control advocates, academic critics, and the news media."—Gary Kleck, professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Florida State University

"Until John Lott came along, the standard research paper on firearms and violence consisted of a longitudinal or cross-sectional study on a small and artfully selected data set with few meaningful statistical controls. Lott's work, embracing all of the data that are relevant to his analysis, has created a new standard, which future scholarship in this area, in order to be credible, will have to live up to."—Dan Polsby, Kirkland & Ellis Professor of Law, Northwestern University.

"John Lott destroys the politically correct argument that arming law abiding citizens will have a harmful effect on their safety. There is no doubt that criminals prefer to prey upon the unprepared. This book will arm those who read it with the important facts they need in order to decide where they stand on the gun control issue."—Dale Gulbrantson, executive director, Illinois Police Association, Inc.

"This book will — or should — cause those who almost reflexively support the limitation of guns in the name of reducing crime to rethink their positions."—Steve Shavell, Professor of Law, Harvard Law School

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 3 Nov 1998
Format: Hardcover
John Lott's subtitle mentions that the book is a study in law and economics, and that's exactly what it is. For the most part, the book is very readable. On one or two occasions I found myself drawing on my knowledge of statistics, but this book is by no means accessible only to academics. Lott's study is significant because it deals with every county in the US as a separate entity. As he shows, it is unjustifiable to treat entire states as homogeneous units. As well as presenting a thorough explanation of his study and results, Lott deals with some of the most common objections to his work. I would recommend this book to anyone attempting to understand the effects of concealed carry reform.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 3 Aug 1998
Format: Hardcover
John Lott's book-More Guns Less Crime-should be required reading for anyone interested in crime reduction. Lott's comprehensive study of crime and gun control clearly establishes that allowing law abiding citizens to carry concealed weapons does, in fact, reduce crime. As expected, this politically incorrect book brought out vicious attacks from the anti-gun lobby, but Lott successfully debunks many of the myths fantasized by gun control proponents. Chapter 7 of Lott's book is particuraly interesting as to how far gun-control zealots will go to discredit anyone who disagrees with them.
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I recently heard John R. Lott, Jr. (Law Professor, University of Chicago) promoting the book "More Guns, Less Crime: Understanding Crime and Gun-Control Laws (Studies in Law and Economics)" (University of Chicago Press, 1998) on talk radio in the New York tri-state area. He impressed me so much that I ordered the book from Amazon Books, and upon receipt of the book have discovered that it is exactly as advertised.
The book is an exhaustive professional research study on the statistics relating to gun control (extracted primarily from recent FBI reports), which produces the following conclusion; where there are more guns in the hands of law-abiding citizens, there is less crime, because criminals know that any crime they attempt to commit, might be met with lethal force in the prevention of that crime. Furthermore, it is found that the most cost-effective method of fighting crime is through allowing law-abiding citizens to arm themselves in the manner that they see fit for their own personal security, and in the prevention of crime. The people of the state of Arizona surely know exactly about that which Lott speaks, and that which is presented right here.
This book will probably end up becoming the preeminent study on the matter of gun control, and combined with the work by Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership and with the material in JPFO's books "Lethal Laws" and "Gun Control; Gateway to Tyranny," makes an irrefutable argument against gun control.
This particular publication includes initial reaction to Lott's original research study, which was released last year in an industry journal.
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By A Customer on 6 May 1998
Format: Hardcover
The title, "More Guns, Less Crime," really says it all. According to Lott, efforts to limit the availability of guns mostly serve to make innocent citizens more vulnerable to criminals. By making crime, safer and more rewarding, such measures also make it more common. By contrast, Lott finds that when states relax gun-control laws -- particularly by making it easier for law-abiding citizens to carry guns concealed -- criminals rationally respond to the increased risk by shifting to nonconfrontational crimes (e.g., auto theft, burglary of empty buildings) or by moving. The book relies on the most extensive study of gun and crime data anywhere, encompassing *every* county in America rather than just a few selected locations. And some of the studies were coauthored with Lott's extremely eminent University of Chicago colleague William Landes. A first rate book, informative, readable, and persuasive.
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More Guns, Less Crime is an excellent thorough examination of the relationship between gun ownership and its deterrent effect on criminal activity. It's full of facts and statistics that every gun control advocate should read before they spout off again about how we need to outlaw guns and repeal the 2nd Amendment. But I doubt they will.
After reading More Guns, Less Crime, you'll know that the only result of stricter gun laws will be more brazen and fearless criminals stalking our streets. It is the kind of book that the public needs to counter the unrelenting media groupthink that supports the passage of more gun control laws for real criminals to ignore.
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The anti-bill of rights people are out in force attempting to use the government to restrict your rights illuminated in the Constitution. This work by John R. Lott provides a detail review of the effects of firearm carry on the criminal element of our socity and the crime they commit. With this information, a compelling arguement can be made for Vermont style Concealed Carry to reduce violent crime. The statistics in this work are not for the faint of heart. Mr. Lott goes into detail involving the factors that result in the conclusion, 'More Guns, Less Crime'. If you cherish your rights under the Constitution, you will be enthralled with this work by Mr. Lott.
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