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5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant reply to his critics, July 21, 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)
I found this book to be clearly written and it should be accessible to any thoughtful person. Economics offers a powerful way to think about normal phenomena.

Lott's research provides strong empirical evidence that guns in the hands of law-abiding civilians lead to a drop in criminal violence -- not to an increase, as some fear. On average, after a state introduces a concealed carry law, there are large drops in overall violent crime, murder, rape and aggravated assault.

This book is the best source for statistics on the effectiveness of concealed carry in the US. It is an important testimony to the trustworthiness of armed citizens that no state that has introduced a right-to-carry law has ever rescinded it.

Lott brilliantly replies to his critics. Spurred by the first edition of More Guns, Less Crime, numerous studies examining the effect of right-to-carry gun laws have been published in refereed academic journals. Despite news reports to the contrary, all of them found that concealed-carry laws were followed by decreases in criminal violent crime, although a few found that these decreases were small or non-existent. In addition, there were two non-refereed studies, which found evidence that right-to-carry laws led to increases in violent crime. Lott reanalyses his critics' data to show that, when their errors are corrected, their own data support Lott's conclusions.

By demonstrating that concealed-carry laws reduce violent crime, Lott's analyses complement the work of criminologist Gary Kleck, whose research shows that armed citizens use firearms to successfully protect themselves. These facts may be controversial but they are consistent with reality. Criminals want compliant, helpless victims. Society is safer when government trusts citizens and does not impede the right to own a gun.

Anyone interested in understanding what happens when citizens own and use handguns for personal defence should buy the third edition of John Lott's controversial book, More Guns, Less Crime, which has just been published. Lott's book is a stunning example of how solid research can influence public policy.

As well, I urge you to also buy Freedomnomics where Lott demonstrates the power of free market incentives in a wide range of everyday situations. The market is more friendly to individual freedom than government 'help.'
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Initial post: Apr 20, 2011 2:55:10 AM PDT
myself says:
Judging from name and location and other clues, Gary Mauser is an academic who has published under peer review on this subject, so this review has more value than some of the others.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 16, 2012 10:26:01 AM PST
AL says:
As John Lott said yesterday (WMAL, WashingtonDC), the mass killings in the U.S. have been in "gun free zones" which ther media tends to ignore. More guards, more gun-control laws will not reduce the violence, but having more rational and trained citizens armed will. As he said, in Virginia where citizens are allowed to carry concealed weapons (with 5 yr. imprisonment for abuse), the mass killings have all been in "gun free zones," i.e., schools, universities, courts,etc.
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