More Guns, Less Crime: Understanding Crime and Gun Control Laws (Studies in Law and Economics) by John R. Lott Jr. (Author)

On its initial publication in 1998, John R. Lott’s More Guns, Less Crime drew both lavish praise and heated criticism. More than a decade later, it continues to play a key role in ongoing arguments over gun-control laws: despite all the attacks by gun-control advocates, no one has ever been able to refute Lott’s simple, startling conclusion that more guns mean less crime. Relying on the most rigorously comprehensive data analysis ever conducted on crime statistics and right-to-carry laws, the book directly challenges common perceptions about the relationship of guns, crime, and violence. For this third edition, Lott draws on an additional ten years of data—including provocative analysis of the effects of gun bans in Chicago and Washington, D.C—that brings the book fully up to date and further bolsters its central contention.

John R. Lott, Jr., is the author five books, including Freedomnomics and Are Predatory Commitments Credible? Who Should the Courts Believe? , the latter also published by the University of Chicago Press.

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John R. Lott, Jr. — economist and best-selling author of “More Guns, Less Crime”

joins Ed to discuss why the USPS and other federal agencies are buying up huge amounts of ammo

More Guns, Less Crime – Piers Morgan v John Lott CNN

A classic confrontation between two completely opposing views on the gun control debate. John Lott is author of “More guns, less crime”. Alan Dershowitz is a lawyer. Piers Morgan is CNN presenter.

This is the full, unedited interview recorded from CNN on July 24 2012. If you can make it to the end you may end up losing faith in humanity’s ability to reason calmly with each other to resolve the problems on the planet.

“Guns make it easier for bad things to happen, but they also make it easier for people to protect themselves. There are lots of things that affect crime rates”. – John Lott


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