Can Gun Control Work? / Edition 1

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Jacobs moves beyond easy slogans and broad-brush ideology to examine the on-the-ground practicalities of gun control, from mandatory safety locks to outright prohibition and disarmament. Casting aside ideology and abstractions, he cautions against the belief that there exists some gun control solution which, had we the political will to seize it, would substantially reduce violent crime.
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Jacobs (director, Center for Research in Crime and Justice at New York U.) discusses the practical aspects of gun control, from mandatory safety locks to prohibition and disarmament. In the 13 chapters he studies the nature of the gun problem, the history of U.S. gun controls, and the barriers to more controls; the Brady law; and possible policy options for the future. He argues that personal violence is a complicated issue and that gun controls are at best a marginally effective remedy. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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"[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

" 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. I Jan Dizard, Amherst College, co-editor of Gun in America

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195176582
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 9/1/2004
  • Series: Studies in Crime and Public Policy Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 1,006,179
  • Product dimensions: 8.80 (w) x 5.60 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet 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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Table of Contents

1 Dissecting the gun problem 3
2 Existing gun controls 19
3 Impediments to more gun controls 37
4 The politics of the Brady law 61
5 What the Brady law says 77
6 Holes in the Brady law 99
7 Evaluating the Brady law 111
8 Closing the gun show and secondary market loophole 123
9 Comprehensive licensing and registration 137
10 Prohibition and disarmament 153
11 Other gun control stategies 171
12 Creating gun-free public spaces 197
13 Conclusion : the "problem" reconsidered 213
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