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More Guns, Less Crime: Understanding Crime and Gun Control Laws

More Guns, Less Crime: Understanding Crime and Gun Control Laws

Paperback Studies in Law & Economics

By (author) John R. Lott Jr.

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  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • Format: Paperback | 472 pages
  • Dimensions: 150mm x 226mm x 18mm | 499g
  • Publication date: 25 May 2010
  • Publication City/Country: Chicago, IL
  • ISBN 10: 0226493660
  • ISBN 13: 9780226493664
  • Edition: 3, Revised
  • Edition statement: 3rd Revised edition
  • Illustrations note: 87 line drawings, 77 tables
  • Sales rank: 226,928

Product description

On its initial publication in 1998, John R. Lott, Jr.'s "More Guns, Less Crime" drew both lavish praise and heated criticism. More than a decade later, it continues to play a key role in ongoing arguments over gun-control laws: despite all the attacks by gun-control advocates, no one has ever been able to refute Lott's simple, startling conclusion that more guns mean less crime. Relying on the most rigorously comprehensive data analysis ever conducted on crime statistics and right-to-carry laws, the book directly challenges common perceptions about the relationship of guns, crime, and violence. For this third edition, Lott brings his data fully up to date, incorporating recent research and changes in the law and answering a range of critics.

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John R. Lott, Jr., is the author of Freedomnomics and Are Predatory Commitments Credible? Who Should the Courts Believe?, the latter also published by the University of Chicago Press.

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"A compelling book with enough hard evidence that even politicians may have to stop and pay attention. More Guns, Less Crime is an exhaustive analysis of the effect of gun possession on crime rates." - James Bovard, Wall Street Journal "John Lott documents how far 'politically correct' vested interests are willing to go to denigrate anyone who dares disagree with them. Lott has done us all a service by his thorough, thoughtful, scholarly approach to a highly controversial issue." - Milton Friedman "Lott's pro-gun argument has to be examined on the merits, and its chief merit is lots of data.... If you still disagree with Lott, at least you will know what will be required to rebut a case that looks pretty near bulletproof." - Peter Coy, Business Week "By providing strong empirical evidence that yet another liberal policy is a cause of the very evil it purports to cure, he has permanently changed the terms of debate on gun control.... Lott's book could hardly be more timely.... A model of the meticulous application of economics and statistics to law and policy." - John O. McGinnis, National Review"