More Guns, Less Crime: Understanding Crime and Gun Control Laws (Studies in Law & Economics) Paperback – 7 Jul 2000
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Comments from the book's reviewers:
"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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
Mr. Lott contends that murder and rape are the two crimes that decrease most dramatically after a state liberalizes its existing CCW laws. This hardly comes as a surprise, for if his "investigation" only yielded declines in lesser crimes, such findings would not outweigh the increased danger that would be produced by having so many more guns on our streets. With respect to this and his supposedly impartial approach, Lott actually writes, "society as a whole might be better off even if crime rates were to rise as a result of concealed-handgun laws." How empirical is that?
Much of Lott's data seems selective and questionable to me.Read more ›
Lott clearly shows that in nearly every U.S. State in which private citizens were allowed to carry concealed handguns (up to 38 at this time), violent crimes rates dropped, often precipitously. Criminals may be dumb, but they are not stupid. In jail house interviews they admit that their first concern in robbing or mugging someone is not to get shot. This simple fact has somehow escaped the notice of the entire liberal establishment. So what is a liberal manqué who wants to beat his breast to do? He writes about the unsafe aspect of gun ownership. But only in the most restricted sense. The average safety message of the anti-gun left is that people get killed by guns accidentally, full stop. Yes, that is true. But, as Jophn Lott shows, the number of accidental deaths is miniscule compared to the number of people who don't get killed because they were able to thwart a crime by "presenting a firearm." Aaah, the bleeding hearts respond with a vengeance: "But how are you going to bring back the life of little Johnny..." And round and round it goes.
The elephant in the room in this argument that can never die, is that the left is terrifed that the truth might come out. If the left truly believed more guns mean more crime, they could agree to test that supposition, say in Trenton, NJ, or Detroit, MI.Read more ›
Anti gunners: you should also read the book--to familiarize yourself with "the enemy"! Be careful though--you might feel a little bit foolish about your position by the time you finish!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
JR Lott's book 'More Guns, Less Crime', proposes an interesting solution to the problems associated with gun usage in America. Read morePublished on 28 Dec. 2007 by Mark McKirdy
John Lott puts up a powerful argument in favour of an unusual concept- that the best way to combat gun crime is to increase the general availability of arms. Read morePublished on 26 May 2007 by Wayne Redhart (@wayneredhart on Twitter!)
Actually, I haven't read the book. But the reviewer from Hartford, Ct. is wrong on his statistics. Bigger samples are only more reliable if they are drawn from the same... Read morePublished on 13 Aug. 1999
This books lays it all out. Private ownership of weapons saves at least one million lives a year. Autos kill around 40,000, and accidental gun deaths are around 1,100 a year. Read morePublished on 4 Aug. 1999
Great book. As an academic, with all the garabage research that gets covered by the press, I can't believe that this book hasn't gotten more news coverage. Read morePublished on 30 July 1999
Dr. Lott came at his own expense to testify to the Utah State Judiciary and Law Enforcement committees this past week. Read morePublished on 27 July 1999
Finally we get a thorough non-emotional study based on true statistics that force the left to realize their lies can be successfully challenged. Read morePublished on 21 Jun. 1999
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