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294 of 300 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Most comprehensive crime study ever conducted--devastating to gun control advocates
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...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Great Book, Kindle Version Sucks
Amazing treatment of a very controversial subject. Lott has been working on what started as the casual project of an academic economist, and is now at the center of a national debate about guns, for 20 years. I read the first edition of this title in the mid-nineties and much of the first part of the book is only slightly updated. In later sections the data has been...
Published 19 months ago by Alan Fanning


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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Removes the hype and emotion; replaces it with the statistics, March 2, 2013
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This review is from: More Guns, Less Crime: Understanding Crime and Gun Control Laws, Third Edition (Studies in Law and Economics) (Paperback)
The problem with the gun control debate is that there are extremists on both sides. This book is written by an economist, and he approaches the issue as one of economics - rather than from a 'constitutional rights' or a 'guns are made for killing' a priori perspective.

It shows that as strict gun legislation has entered into jurisdictions - both here and overseas - there has been a change in the way crime is committed. Strict gun control reduces part of the negative risks that a criminal faces when attacking a victim. An example is where one county within a metropolitan area introduces concealed carry laws. Often crime will reduce in that county and move to neighboring counties. Criminals will adjust to risk/reward trade off like investors do.

One outcome from the statistics is that in most cases where a gun is present and used defensively, it isn't even fired. In most cases the appearance of a gun will scare off criminals - as the criminals themselves state in prison interviews.

The real positive message in this book is not about 'assault weapons' or anything like that, but that women should consider concealed carry. It statistically reduces the chance of harm, not just to them - but to other women in their community. If criminals feel that there is a risk that the woman is carrying a weapon, they are less likely to attack.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Informative and timely, January 30, 2013
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Given the demagoguery and hyperbole of the current debate regarding gun control, it is a relief to see the issues addressed with logic and clarity. Having conducted statistical analyses (thousands of regressions) on the impact of gun ownership on crime, it difficult to imagine that Lott either overlooked or manipulated any contributing factor. Since the current edition of Lott's book contains the material from the first edition, as well as the additional data generated for the 2nd and 3rd editions, there is some repetition. The new material, however, particularly regarding public shootings, is a must read for those wanting to approach the issue with information rather than emotion.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must Read, January 18, 2013
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This review is from: More Guns, Less Crime: Understanding Crime and Gun Control Laws, Third Edition (Studies in Law and Economics) (Paperback)
This book just highlights how we Americans have become rodents following the pied piper (press). I recomend this book for everyone no matter what your stance is on guns, at least you can have the facts.
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20 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Frustration, June 28, 2010
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This review is from: More Guns, Less Crime: Understanding Crime and Gun Control Laws, Third Edition (Studies in Law and Economics) (Paperback)
Obviously the facts are there,backed by research and data. I found it frustrating to see how clear it is and yet we still have to defend our right to protect ourselves and loved ones. Not just from criminals but also from those who know how to twist the truth to there liking only to put us in danger.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Objective analysis of a controversial topic, December 3, 2012
After listening to him talk at my school I sat down and read the book. Truly a well laid out and backed up arguments. Great explanation of the data and problems that arise when measuring or attempting to explain the data. There are those who bash him for being a zealous promoter of his idea, but honestly they never sat down and either read his book, or removed their emotion from their thinking. This is for people who would like to seriously consider the issue and understand why certain policy makers are misled.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More guns, less crime is a book everyone should read., December 12, 2010
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This review is from: More Guns, Less Crime: Understanding Crime and Gun Control Laws, Third Edition (Studies in Law and Economics) (Paperback)
This book does a very good job at the analysis of the City, County and FBI crime data. There are very easy to understand graphics showing across the board reductions in crime trends in states that allow citizens the right to carry for personal self-defense. The author gives many examples of how restrictive gun laws are simply just ignored by the criminals and create "victim zones" in which criminals know they can enter with the knowledge that no 'plain clothes' person will take them out before they can do their damage and destruction. The author addresses every critic's challenge and gives specific examples of personal attacks, lies and miss-truths, tactics which they need to embrace since they cannot, have not, shown that more guns results in more crimes.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Facts not feelings., May 29, 2013
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It is refreshing to see all of the facts separated from the feelings and misconceptions. Several politicians are identified who have their agenda despite the facts.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Confirmed my suspicions, June 2, 2013
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This review is from: More Guns, Less Crime: Understanding Crime and Gun Control Laws, Third Edition (Studies in Law and Economics) (Paperback)
It's hard to argue with facts. That being said, most of what used to be a trusted media tries to do just that. I doubt that you'll find any of Mr. Lott's data being quoted at length on NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN, or others. It upsets their demagoguery.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An essential survey of what current research tells us about gun ownership and its relation to crime in America, March 20, 2013
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Despite the inflammatory title, this book is an excellent and balanced survey of research on the effects of gun ownership and concealed carry on crime in communities across America. The author, a Yale economist, uses advanced statistical techniques to separate out causality from coincidence. It is probably too rigorous for many readers; a background in statistics and research protocols is a plus when reading this book. This is not a fluff piece or an NRA propaganda pamphlet. My fear is that readers, that on approach, disagree with the view espoused in the title will walk away without getting to hear what Lott has to offer on this subject. A must read for anyone interested in this issue, regardless of viewpoint.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Science and social/demographic data reviewed in detail and facts reported, March 4, 2013
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excellent review of research and the questioning of questionable studies with questionable methodology. The facts are reported using socratic methods to question the studies on both sides of the issues.
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