Guns, Crime, and Punishment in America

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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.

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"A gathering of well known scholars and policy experts, Harcourt's Guns, Crime, and Punishment in America is an interesting and captivating read. Students of criminal justice will find the book current in analysis as well as thought provoking. Policy types will find it thoughtful and sophisticated. This book is a collection of ideas, not a hodgepodge of topically related articles. Taken together, they make for a very satisfying book.”

-The Law and Politics Book Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780814736555
  • Publisher: New York University Press
  • Publication date: 7/1/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 436
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.13 (d)

Meet the Author

Bernard E. Harcourt is Professor of Law at the University of Chicago Law School, and the author of Illusion of Order: The False Promise of Broken Windows Policing.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Pt. I The Great American Gun Debates
1 Continuity and Change in the American Gun Debate 29
2 The Tyranny of Econometrics and the Circumspection of Liberalism: Two Problems with the Gun Debate 44
3 Equalizers: The Cult of the Colt in American Culture 54
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, Arizona 68
5 The Historians' Counterattack: Some Reflections on the Historiography of the Second Amendment 91
6 What Does the Second Amendment Restrict? A Collective-Rights Analysis 117
7 Moral Principle and the Second Amendment 140
Pt. II Policy Interventions in the Gun Arena
8 New Law Enforcement Uses for Comprehensive Firearms Trace Data 163
9 Policing Guns: Order Maintenance and Crime Control in New York 191
10 Should We Have Faith in the Churches? The Ten-Point Coalition's Effect on Boston's Youth Violence 222
11 Guns, Drugs, and Profiling: Ways to Target Guns and Minimize Racial Profiling 249
12 The Effects of the Brady Act on Gun Violence 283
13 Gun Shows and Gun Controls 299
14 Project Exile and the Allocation of Federal Law Enforcement Authority 321
15 The Unintended Consequences of Enhancing Gun Penalties 343
16 The Cities Take the Initiative: Public Nuisance Lawsuits against Handgun Manufacturers 363
17 Tort Law and Criminal Behavior (Guns) 384
18 Guns and Burglars 400
Contributors 421
Acknowledgments 430
Index 431
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