Targeting Guns / Edition 1

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Overview

This new paperback comprehensively reviews the research evidence on the links between guns, violence, and gun control, and reports results of the author’s own research as well. In Targeting Guns, Kleck follows the line of argument and careful statistical inference of his earlier prizewinning volume, Point Blank, while updating the literature reviews and statistical information, and adding two chapters.

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Targeting Guns is an updated and revised version of Point Blank: Guns and Violence in America (Aldine de Gruyter, 1991), which established Gary Kleck as the foremost sociologist doing research on gun control and as a favorite of the American Rifle Association. Targeting Guns will maintain Kleck’s esteemed position in the academic world; however, it will take him down at least a notch or two in the eyes of the ARA and others ardently opposed to gun control—because even though he systematically rebuts most of the research touted by gun-control advocates, he eventually does make a case for some limited forms of gun control.”

—Gregg Lee Carter, Social Forces

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780202305691
  • Publisher: Transaction Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/1/1997
  • Series: Social Institutions and Social Change Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 472
  • Sales rank: 1,017,805
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.05 (d)

Meet the Author

Gary Kleck is professor of criminology and criminal jus­tice at Florida State University. He is the author of Targeting Guns: Firearms and Their Control and coauthor, with Don Kates, of The Great American Gun Debate and Armed: New Perspectives on Gun Control. His articles have been pub­lished in several journals, including the American Sociologi­cal Review, American Journal of Sociology, Social Forces, Social Problems, Criminology, Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology, Journal of the American Medical Association, and Law & Society Review.

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Table of Contents

Abbreviations Frequently Used in the Book
Preface
1 Introduction
2 Illegitimate Practices in Summarizing Research on Guns and Violence
3 The Ownership and Acquisition of Guns
4 Searching for "Bad" Guns: The Focus on Special Gun Types
5 Guns and Self-Defense
6 Carrying Guns for Self-Protection
7 Guns and Violent Crime
8 Guns and Suicide
9 Firearms Accidents
10 Public Opinion and the Bases of Support for Gun Control
11 The Impact of Gun Control on Violence Rates
12 Conclusions
References
Name Index
Subject Index
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  • Posted December 12, 2009

    Great objective view of an emotive subject

    It's nice to find an objective view of a subject that is so convoluted by emotion that it is near impossible to find facts that can be believed. This is a book for those who want to understand a subject, and not those looking to reinforce an opinion.

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