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The Bias Against Guns: Why Almost Everything You'Ve Heard About Gun Control Is Wrong Hardcover – February 1, 2003
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Following up on his controversial study More Guns, Less Crime, economist Lott argues that widespread gun ownership prevents crime. He cites survey data and news reports to argue that the fear that victims might be armed strongly deters criminals, and that guns are used in self-defense or to ward off criminal threats about 2.3 million times a year. Because they impede law-abiding citizens' access to guns, even mild gun-control regulations-assault weapons bans, "one-gun-a-month" laws-actually increase crime, according to Lott, while right-to-carry laws lower crime and help prevent (or violently terminate) terrorist attacks and "rampage" shootings. Even measures to keep guns away from children, like "gun-free school zones" and "safe storage" laws that require guns to be locked away, are misguided because children need guns for self-defense (he cites news reports of kids as young as 11 gunning down criminals). The benefits of untrammeled gun availability are clear, Lott insists, and only the anti-gun bias and selective reporting by the media and government officials have kept this fact out of public consciousness. Lott supports his bold claims with elaborate statistical analyses that tease sometimes small effects out of the welter of factors that influence crime rates; there are lots of graphs and tables, and much space is devoted to scholarly discussions of statistical methodologies. Many readers will find these sections rough going, but Lott's provocative thesis is sure to stir interest among second-amendment stalwarts and gun-control supporters alike.
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It was amazing to learn how strongly the anti-gun bias runs in our media, despite nearly all the facts indicating that an armed and responsible populace significantly *reduces* violent crime, by almost every measure. For example, in the 30+ states that have adopted right-to-carry laws, after their adoption there were significant drops in violent crime, disproportionately preventing women from being victims, and the crime rate dropped each year as the proportion of concealed-carry permits increased in each state. The media bias is shocking -- e.g. in one incident at a Virginia law school where a bad guy shot several people, he was stopped by two students who got handguns from their cars -- yet only 2 (local) news stories mentioned that; hundreds of national stories conveniently omitted the fact that he was stopped by *armed* students.
I can't wait to finish this book and read John Lott's newest book, "The War on Guns".
The sad thing is that most people who choose to read this book will already agree with its conclusions, whereas those who need to read it most, are unlikely to be open-minded enough to do so. The emotional approach of the anti-gun crowd is such that they seek legal remedies that actually undermine the objectives of reducing crime and mayhem.
I have read a few books by Lott, I like his verbiage and presentation. The book is very readable and makes his points well.