Guns, Crime, and Punishment in America

Guns, Crime, and Punishment in America

by Bernard E. Harcourt
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0814736556

ISBN-13: 9780814736555

Pub. Date: 07/01/2003

Publisher: New York University Press

Guns, Crime, and Punishment in America assembles a diverse group of the nation's leading authorities on guns and gun violence to present the most up-to-date research currently available. Exploring such controversial issues as gun- tracing initiatives, the possible extension of the Brady Bill, gun-oriented policing, federal law enforcement initiatives such as

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Guns, Crime, and Punishment in America assembles a diverse group of the nation's leading authorities on guns and gun violence to present the most up-to-date research currently available. Exploring such controversial issues as gun- tracing initiatives, the possible extension of the Brady Bill, gun-oriented policing, federal law enforcement initiatives such as "Project Exile," and civil litigation against gun manufacturers, Guns, Crime, and Punishment in America embarks upon a more balanced and nuanced discussion about firearms. Though the book's contributors operate from a wide variety of political perspectives and methodological approaches, a central desire unifies the book: to end the extreme polarization that currently characterizes the debate on guns, and generate reasonable and practical gun policies in the United States.

Contributors: Sara Sun Beale, Anthony A. Braga, Carl Bogus, Jenny Berrien, Abigail Caplovitz, Philip J. Cook, Garth Davies, Christopher Eisgruber, Jeffrey A. Fagan, Mark Geistfeld, James B. Jacobs, Dan M. Kahan, David Kairys, David B. Kopel, Sanford Levinson, Jens Ludwig, Daniel C. Richman, Jerome H. Skolnick, Richard Slotkin, Chris Winship, and Franklin E. Zimring.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780814736555
Publisher:
New York University Press
Publication date:
07/01/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
436
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.13(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction1
Part IThe Great American Gun Debates
A.Perspectives
1Continuity and Change in the American Gun Debate29
2The Tyranny of Econometrics and the Circumspection of Liberalism: Two Problems with the Gun Debate44
3Equalizers: The Cult of the Colt in American Culture54
4"Hell no, you can't jack that fool. He stays strapped. He's strapped all the time": Talking about Guns at an All-Boy Correctional Facility in Tucson, Arizona68
B.The Second Amendment
5The Historians' Counterattack: Some Reflections on the Historiography of the Second Amendment91
6What Does the Second Amendment Restrict? A Collective-Rights Analysis117
7Moral Principle and the Second Amendment140
Part IIPolicy Interventions in the Gun Arena
A.Gun Tracing
8New Law Enforcement Uses for Comprehensive Firearms Trace Data163
B.Gun-Oriented Policing and Community Interventions
9Policing Guns: Order Maintenance and Crime Control in New York191
10Should We Have Faith in the Churches? The Ten-Point Coalition's Effect on Boston's Youth Violence222
11Guns, Drugs, and Profiling: Ways to Target Guns and Minimize Racial Profiling249
C.The Brady Approach
12The Effects of the Brady Act on Gun Violence283
13Gun Shows and Gun Controls299
D.Federal Enforcement of Gun Laws
14Project Exile and the Allocation of Federal Law Enforcement Authority321
15The Unintended Consequences of Enhancing Gun Penalties343
E.Civil Litigation Against Gun Manufacturers
16The Cities Take the Initiative: Public Nuisance Lawsuits against Handgun Manufacturers363
17Tort Law and Criminal Behavior (Guns)384
18Guns and Burglars400
Contributors421
Acknowledgments430
Index431

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