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More Guns, Less Crime: Understanding Crime and Gun Control Laws, Third Edition (Studies in Law and Economics) [Kindle Edition]

John R. Lott Jr.
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John R. Lott, Jr., is the author five books, including 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. . . . Mr. Lott’s book—and the factual arsenals of other pro-gun advocates—are helping to redefine the argument over guns and gun control.”

(James Bovard Wall Street Journal )

“John Lott’s More Guns, Less Crime revives the wisdom of the past by using the latest tools of social science. By constructing careful statistical models and deploying a wealth of crime data he shows that laws permitting the carrying of concealed weapons actually lead to a drop in crime in the jurisdictions that enact them. . . . 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. . . . Lott’s work is a model of the meticulous application of economics and statistics to law and policy.”

(John O. McGinnis National Review )

About the Author

John R. Lott, Jr., is the author five books, including 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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  • File Size: 9090 KB
  • Print Length: 472 pages
  • Publisher: University Of Chicago Press; 3 edition (May 24, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003S9W5HQ
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261 of 267 people found the following review helpful
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First, some background about me: I am a Ph.D.-holder and tenured professor whose immersion in the insular politics of academia had led me to harbor many negative perceptions about firearms. Though I was never staunchly "anti-gun," I was not a gun owner, did not understand the appeal of firearms, and generally believed that gun control legislation was only common sense. That changed four years ago when I (finally) decided to look into the data on guns, crime, and public safety for myself. I am a trained researcher, but I conducted my research for personal not professional reasons. My wife was pregnant and I wanted hard facts--not talking point from the political parties--so I could make an informed decision about what to teach my children about firearms, and whether it would be prudent or dangerous to have one in our house.

I was drawn into that research almost immediately by the sheer force of my own disbelief. I discovered fact after fact that starkly disproved the claims and "facts" so many teachers and colleagues had expressed about firearms and their relationship to violence, and which, during my long trip through academia, had led me to believe stricter gun control was just plain common sense. For two years, I read thousands of pages of information, starting with raw data from the FBI and CDC so that I would be better able to assess the claims I subsequently read in books, peer-reviewed journals, news publications, blogs, and so forth. In the course of that research, I came across numerous references to John Lott's studies, but so many of them suggested there were "fatal flaws" in his methodology (and questions about his motives) that I never bothered to read him. I simply assumed based on the sheer number of such comments that his work was indeed more propaganda than serious study.
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103 of 116 people found the following review helpful
More Guns, Less Crime 2010 is the third edition of Lott's book originally based on his and David Mustard's Right-To-Carry study of 1997 that measured the result of 22 states going "shall issue" on carry permits for handguns between 1986 and 1996. The first 1998 edition was focussed on the RTC issue.

The 2nd edition 2000 looked at other gun control policies as well, and commented on the controversy that Lott & Mustard 1997 and Lott 1998 engendered in the media and among academics.

Since the 2nd edition 2000, a lot has happened: the CDC 2003 and NAS 2004 reviews on gun laws and gun violence, the sunset of the 1994-2004 federal Assault Weapon Ban, the Supreme Court decision on the Heller case in 2008 (gun ban in DC v Second Amendment), and so on. The 3rd edition 2010 is expanded by about 150 pages to cover these new issues.

I would like to correct an impression that may be created by an earlier reviewer, that Lott's book is a major Second Amendment resource. First, in the 2nd edition there were one sentence and one paragraph in the text and three paragraphs in the footnotes on the Second Amendment out of 300+ pages (Second Admendment issues were "...important issues that are beyond the scope of this book"--Lott at page 168); while the 3rd edition expands somewhat on the Second Amendment, it is not a resource book on the Second Amendment. Secondly, Lott stated in the Oct 2008 NPR debate on guns that his family did not own a gun until his 1996 research convinced him that having a gun was beneficial for self defense within reasonable safety costs. Lott's argument on guns and gun control is based on weighing the economic benefits v the costs of gun ownership and gun control: this is a law and economics argument, not a constitutional law argument.
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180 of 211 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Will DC and Chicago Ever Learn? May 19, 2010
Nine more years of data in this third edition of "More Guns, Less Crime."

When I read the second edition eight years ago, I was pleased that John Lott's hypothesis of the mid-1990's had up held.

After all, it's just common sense that if a potential rapist thought a woman might be able to protect herself with a gun that he would be less likely to attack, being the cowards rapists are.

But the leap from common sense to policy formation sometimes takes facts.

Fortunately, this book is packed with them.

Besides showing that no state that has adopted right-to-carry legislation has seen any of the parade of horribles that opponents trot out occur, the data presented show that crime actually does decrease when people are allowed to carry firearms.

In my own state of Illinois, there was a member of the Armed Forces killed while sitting in the front row of the Northern Illinois University lecture hall when the shooter entered the stage from an outside door and started firing. Lott points out that campus security arrived in six minutes---faster than in any other mass shooting at an institution of higher learning---but that was still not good enough.

Maybe, had NIU not been a protection free zone, she (the soldier was a woman) and others would be alive today.

Perhaps the mayor of Washington, D.C., whom I understand is a fellow graduate of Oberlin College, will read the book and figure out that he could lower his city's crime rate by advocating something no good little Oberlin liberal would ever think would work...unless he or she actually was willing to follow data to their logical policy conclusions.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Well-written book
I had heard a great deal about Mr. Lott before purchasing this book. Some claimed him to be a liar and a tool of the gun lobby. Read more
Published 8 days ago by RannW
5.0 out of 5 stars The only book you need
This is the decisive text on how firearms make us safer. Decades of research and studies, A must have text for every American.
Published 14 days ago by WishinUK
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Everything the press and most of our legislators tell us is not true. John Lott uses Facts from the FBI and other Law Enforcement Agencies to show how the more that the Public is... Read more
Published 17 days ago by Jon Campbell
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read
Got this to supplement research I was doing for a paper and absolutely loved the book! The book includes a lot of sound data and information that makes for quite a compelling... Read more
Published 1 month ago by K
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book, everyone should read.
I wish the congress and senators had this as required reading. It is a fair look at facts and figures. Read more
Published 1 month ago by mycough
5.0 out of 5 stars More Guns, Less Crime - John R. Lott
The end all book on crime and gun control. Not that anyone should need validation in protecting themselves and their loved ones. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Chris Lewis
5.0 out of 5 stars well cited
On its 3rd edition. Facts, graphs, citations mostly from our government. It's amazing that we need studies to tell most people what to me (and many others) is just common sense.
Published 1 month ago by Mayte
1.0 out of 5 stars According to the NAS
It should be noted that the National Academy of Sciences concluded that John Lott did not prove his point. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Fang1944
2.0 out of 5 stars Dry and technical innards of a giant multivariate analysis
This is a compelling thesis, and the author starts out reasonably strong. However, what follows is a diarrhea of regressions correcting for this factor and that factor. Read more
Published 2 months ago by emskee
5.0 out of 5 stars second amendment
This book tells the way the government is trying to take away one more of our Constitutional rights. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mary E. White
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