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ARMED: NEW PERSPECTIVE ON GUN CONTROL
Author: Gary Kleck & Don B. Kates Jr.
Publisher: Prometheus Books, Jul 2004
This well-argued & scrupulously researched volume is essential for any full understanding of the complex gun issue. Summarizes the results & policy implications of recent state-of-the-art research on guns & violence in accessible, nontechnical language. 6x9 inches, 360 pgs. MAX DISCOUNT 35%.
The gun control debate is often obscured by strong emotions and unproven assumptions. According to conventional wisdom accidents with handguns account for a significant number of deaths among children, gun owners endanger themselves more than they ward off potential criminal assailants, and there is a widespread legal consensus that the Second Amendment does not support the individual right to bear arms. All of these assumptions, and many others, say researchers Gary Kleck and Don Kates, are contradicted by the weight of criminological and legal evidence. Hoping to disentangle myth from reality, the authors summarize the results and policy implications of recent state-of-the-art research on guns and violence in accessible, nontechnical language.
Among the topics addressed are media bias in coverage of gun issues, the distorting effects that a covert prohibitionist agenda has on the debate over more moderate measures for reducing gun violence, the frequency and effectiveness of the defensive use of guns, and a close analysis of the Second Amendment.
WHAT THE EXPERTS ARE SAYING!
"If you believe, as I once did, that we can reduce violent crime by simply restricting gun ownership, you should read this book. It will change your basic beliefs."
--Steven B. Duke, Professor of Law, Yale University
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Gary Kleck (Tallahassee, FL) is professor at the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice of Florida State University. Don B. Kates (Novato, CA) is a partner at the national law firm of Benenson & Kates.