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Point Blank: Guns and Violence in America
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57 of 65 people found the following review helpful
on December 10, 1998
What is striking is that Prof. Kleck actually began this series of studies to "prove" that guns in the hands of citizens doesn't reduce crime. Ya see, Kleck is a liberal Democrat. He is a member of the ACLU, Common Cause, Amnesty International and supports the typical liberal agendas. When he got done crunching the data he found results that shocked him. At a minimum, Americans use firearms 2.5 million times per year in direct, face to face defenses. And that is Kleck's admittedly conservative estimate. Additionally, only 1% of the time is the thug shot, and only 0.1% of all encountered thugs are killed. Remarkable restraint, I'd say. Good people just left alone.
The bad news, Kleck received far fewer invitations to Florida State University cocktail parties. The good news, He won the Hindelang Award for the most significant work by a criminologist (in a whole bunch of years).
I would suggest that most people who would consider buying "Point Blank" would be happier getting Klecks collaboration with Prof. Don Kates titled, "The Great Gun Debate." It covers the same issues in a more digestible, less academic manner, and should be about half the price.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
on June 27, 1998
A rigorous and dispassionate statistical examination of a topic more often distinguished by emotion than reason, Mr Kleck has created a book that everyone interested in the suject of gun control should read, and which every second amendment advocate should own.<P>This comprehensive study starts with an examination of the ideological nature of arguement on the subject, and thoroughly examines the nature of gun ownership and use in the United States.<P>Supporters of gun control have tried and failed to impugn the integrity of the author, who owes allegiance to no vested interest, and who reached his conclusuion that gun ownership has a more positive than negative effect on society in spite of his own early leanings.<P>Thoroughly documented, Point Blank is a required reference book for anyone with the courage to set personal bias aside, and search for the truth.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on January 30, 2013
Japan's low murder rate is often presented as a reason to copy their low rate of gun ownership. Kleck, however, points out that Japan's lower homicide rate has a lot to do with cultural differences. He shows that the homicide rate of Japanese-Americans, with ready access to guns, is lower than that of Japanese living in Japan. Not definitive, but a good look at the issue that goes beyond the usual shallow, "I'm not trying to learn about the issue, only push my view" look.
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on January 5, 2015
A very careful, detailed looks at gun control, crime, possible stratagem, all in a very readable format.
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1 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on January 22, 2011
I enjoyed the book,well written and i will use for reference in the future.I basically subscribe to the people politics of the author.
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8 of 60 people found the following review helpful
on February 25, 2012
Kleck is a gun lover and his biased research is directly counter to more respected agnostic work by the Director of the Harvard School of Public Health, Dr. David Hemenway in his book Private Gun, Public Health. Over and over again its been pointed out by research studies that the more guns in a society the more lethality. Mr. Kleck's work is used by gun rights extremists to ex-post facto prove their flawed argument on the gun debate
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