Armed: New Perspectives on Gun Control / Edition 1

Armed: New Perspectives on Gun Control / Edition 1

by Gary Kleck, Don B. Kates
     
 

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

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Overview

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.

This well-argued and scrupulously researched volume is essential for any full understanding of the complex gun issue.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781573928830
Publisher:
Prometheus Books
Publication date:
11/28/2001
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
363
Sales rank:
342,168
Product dimensions:
5.57(w) x 8.37(h) x 0.98(d)

Table of Contents

1Introduction13
2Guns and Public Health: Epidemic of Violence, or Pandemic of Propaganda?31
3"Poisoning the Well" for Gun Control107
4Absolutist Politics in a Moderate Package: Prohibitionist Intentions of the Gun Control Movement129
5Modes of News Media Distortion of Gun Issues173
6The Frequency of Defensive Gun Use: Evidence and Disinformation213
7The Nature and Effectiveness of Owning, Carrying, and Using Guns for Self-Protection285
8The Second Amendment: A Right to Personal Self-Protection343
Subject Index357
Name Index361

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