- Series: Studies in Crime and Public Policy
- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: Oxford University Press (October 14, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0195176588
- ISBN-13: 978-0195176582
- Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 0.5 x 5.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,934,600 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Can Gun Control Work? (Studies in Crime and Public Policy)
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"James B. Jacobs has produced a primer on gun control laws in the United States, an up-close view of the politics of gun control and a comprehensive examination of the likelihood that legislative efforts to control illegal guns will be successful. Professor Jacobs characteristically is
scholarly, clear, exhaustive in his research, and not without opinion. Professor Jacobs, a highly respected scholat, has always been dedicated to finding interventions against violence. He asks the right questions and the skepticism expressed in the book Can Gun Control Work? Is shared by many. It
is clearly the burden of the gun control movement to demonstrate effectiveness."--New York Law Journal
"[a] clear-eyed analytical approach of a first rate legal scholar....Jacobs skillfully catalogues the vast array of legislative initiatives already adopted, as well as the large number of potential regulatory approaches to gun violence....[and] usefully underscores how difficult it would be to
overcome all the obstacles--constitutional, political and practical--to the effective regulation of guns in a society that is not fully committed to that goal."-- The American Prospect
"This book deserves serious consideration. It provides a direct challenge to control advocates to address the mechanics of their proposed regulatory schemes and to think more realistically about the details and potential difficulties of implementation."--The Law and Politics Book
"If close attention to facts, reason, and common sense has any claim on the public's thinking, this book may well break the polarized debate over gun control and make it possible to settle on a sensible public policy regarding guns, gun safety and the reduction of gun violence. This is a
"must read" for anyone concerned about the debate over gun control."--Jan Dizard, Amherst College, co-editor of Gun in America
About the Author
The author of numerous acclaimed books, including Drunk Driving and Hate Crimes, which the New York Times Book Review has described as "an essential guide," James B. Jacobs is Warren E. Burger Professor of Law and Director of the Center for Research in Crime and Justice at New York University.
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Unfortunately, most gun control advocates won't ever read this, as they don't want to be confronted with the facts, preferring to live in their own fantasy world where everything will be fine if we just pass enough laws. It's irrelavent that there aren't enough police or other law enforcement personnel to enforce such laws.
Pro-gun forces will find succinct arguements against almost anything the anti-gun crowd can throw against them. They already know the facts; it is just that the other side refuses to accept reality.
At least, that's the argument, as well presented in this book.
"Can Gun Control Work?" stands head and shoulders above the rest. First, Jacobs has carefully described the history of gun control in the United States (and for the most part, the book focuses on the US). Second, he takes a careful look at what the problem actually is -- is it accidents? suicides? homicides? Jacobs does a very rigorous (but not dry) job of explaining what the statistics actually show about gun violence -- poking some holes in commonly accepted myths from both sides of the debate.
Finally, I think he does a very good and pragmatic job of looking at what gun control measures may actually work. Our national discussion about gun control is dominated by emotional outbursts about gun rights on the one hand and about gun risks on the other -- this book steers clear of emotion to examine what is really happening, and what we can really do about it.
Jacobs reaches conclusions that will annoy gun rights advocates (gun shows are impossible to police and should probably be banned outright) and conclusions that will annoy anti-gun activists (a ban on handguns would be just as impossible to enforce as our drug laws). He calls 'em as he see 'em.
I would recommend this book to both pro and anti-gun readers without any reservation.
The book is a good indtoduction to the debate for someone with little or no understanding of the major points but the closing recommendations appear unfounded.