More Guns, Less Crime by John R. Lott Jr.
Understanding Crime and Gun Control Laws, Third Edition (Studies in Law and Economics)

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On its initial publication in 1998, John R. Lott’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 draws on an additional ten years of data—including provocative analysis of the effects of gun bans in Chicago and Washington, D.C—that brings the book fully up to date and further bolsters its central contention.


About John R. Lott Jr.

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Lott is the John M. Olin Visiting Law and Economics Fellow at the University of Chicago.
Published January 29, 2013 by University of Chicago Press. 472 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference, Crime. Non-fiction

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Spitzer, published by Greenwood Publishing in 2009, examines the gun control debate in the context of current and historical times.

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The American Spectator

If we take the emphasis off crime rates, and turn instead to counting individual crimes, we see quite clearly that right-to-carry laws, at the very least, don't increase crime.

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