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More Guns, Less Crime: Understanding Crime and Gun-Control Laws Paperback – June 15, 2000
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- Item Weight : 15.9 ounces
- Paperback : 321 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0226493644
- ISBN-13 : 978-0226493640
- Product Dimensions : 6.25 x 1 x 9.5 inches
- Publisher : University Of Chicago Press; 2nd edition (June 15, 2000)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,399,128 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Gun violence from registered gun owners is virtually non-existent. Where guns cause problems is in two areas: (1) criminals with guns, (2) people who have access to guns without any training, including children and family members.
The problem for those of us who understand self-defense with a firearm is the lack of encouragement given to others, by government, to get firearms training, to learn to defend yourself and family in a way that makes sense.
When gun control laws are strict, law-abiding people do not learn much about weapons, and thus guns are often discharged by accident, or those using them are not effective in stopping in-home invasions, or other events in which a gun would stop a criminal.
To believe that the police can protect your family and property is the height of ignorance. They simply don't do it, they don't have the resources, and when they do finally come with sirens blaring and lights flashing, the criminal has either completed the crime, or is laying in wait for the police (who routinely give plenty of notice with noise, lights, tires squaling, etc.) - and when the police engage a criminal, they use deadly force at times, but they also get shot themselves. And criminals pay no attention to gun control laws.
In conceal carry permit states, criminals are less likely to engage in crime. Period, it's a fact, and the FBI knows it, informed police know it, informed citizens know it, but arrogant politicians think the police are the only ones who can protect citizens.
Isn't in interesting how many police are themselves users of weapons to commit crimes of murder and assault themselves? They are no more or less likely to be safe users of firearms than a citizen with reasonable training. So they use untrained citizens as their benchmark for gun control, which of course is a self-fulfilling prophecy -- no training, poor results.
More guns AND more training in the use of guns, less crime. Perhaps that is what the title should say.
PS: Criminals like gun control laws, it disarms their victims and makes crime a safer occupation. Is that the desired result of gun control laws? It may not be the objective, but it is the clear outcome of strict gun control laws.
Focus on gun usage, gun training, and issue more CCW. I would rather know that my neighbor had a gun, knew how to use it, and would be there to help protect the neighborhood against criminals than to be hiding in his/her closet waiting to be shot or killed by a gun toting criminal. You can't take a knife to a gunfight and expect to survive any more than you can expect the police to help based on your 911 call. By the time they arrive, you're likely to be dead, or severely injured. In crimes against people in their homes, the police are useless and provide nothing more than false hope and expectations.
Ever wonder why crimes don't happen at doughnut shops where the police hang out? Criminals aren't stupid, they know that armed victims are hazardous to their own health.
John Lott took the same statistics we hear arguments over and broke them down into as many specifics as he could. In some areas, data just didn't exist to support either side of this debate. He notates accordingly what he found, very dutifully I might add.
What you have is a book that gives you specifics on numbers, the comparisons (as they can be made) and some startling conclusions -- startling even to pro gunners.
This topic is filled with bogus and questionable statistics, on both sides. John Lott brought the indifferent academic mindset back in play and gave us some real information to work with.