Targeting Guns: Firearms and Their Control / Edition 1

Targeting Guns: Firearms and Their Control / Edition 1

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by Gary Kleck
     
 

ISBN-10: 0202305694

ISBN-13: 9780202305691

Pub. Date: 12/31/1997

Publisher: Transaction Publishers

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

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780202305691
Publisher:
Transaction Publishers
Publication date:
12/31/1997
Series:
Social Institutions and Social Change Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
450
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.05(d)

Table of Contents

Abbreviations Frequently Used in the Book xiii(2)
Preface xv
1 INTRODUCTION
1(30)
Why Does the Issue Matter? Violent Uses of Guns
1(7)
Trends in Gun-Related Violent Crime
8(1)
Gun Violence and the "Needle in the Haystack" Problem
8(1)
The Appearance of Reason--Fallacies in Gun Control Reasoning
9(9)
Is There an Association between Guns and Violence?
18(6)
Tables
24(7)
2 ILLEGITIMATE PRACTICES IN SUMMARIZING RESEARCH ON GUNS AND VIOLENCE
31(32)
"All Studies Are Created Equal": Failing to Distinguish Technically Sound Studies from Poor Ones
32(2)
Inconsistent Application of Critical Standards
34(3)
Using Speculation to Rebut Empirical Evidence
37(1)
Selective Omission of Studies with Unsupportive Findings
38(5)
Magnanimous Neutrality: "The Findings Are Mixed"
43(1)
Nontalsifiable Propositions and the Use of Scientific Conservatism as a Political Weapon
44(3)
"Evidence Is Worthless if It Is Not Perfect"
47(2)
An Illustration of How a Literature Review Can Mislead
49(4)
An Fpidemic of Misleading Summaries of Evidence
53(1)
Selective Reporting by Researchers of Their Own Findings
54(2)
The Medical/Public Health Literature on Guns and Violence
56(4)
False Citation of Prior Research
60(2)
Conclusions
62(1)
3 THE OWNERSHIP AND ACQUISITION OF GUNS
63(42)
Size of the Civilian Gun Stock
63(7)
Who Owns Guns?
70(2)
The Blumstein Speculation about Diffusion of Guns and Youth Homicide Increases in 1985-1991
72(2)
Why People Own Guns
74(11)
Uses of Guns
85(1)
How Are Guns Acquired?
86(2)
Interstate Gunrunning
88(2)
Gun Thefts
90(4)
Conclusions
94(2)
Tables
96(9)
4 SEARCHING FOR "BAD" GUNS: The Focus on Special Gun Types
105(42)
Types of Guns
106(2)
Machine Guns
108(2)
Assault Rifles and Assault Weapons
110(2)
The Prevalence of AWs As Crime Weapons
112(16)
Plastic Guns
128(1)
"Cop-killer" Bullets
129(1)
"Saturday Night Specials"--Small, Cheap Handguns
130(5)
Handguns
135(4)
Conclusions
139(2)
Tables
141(6)
5 GUNS AND SELF-DEFENSE
147(44)
The Nature of Defensive Gun Use
148(1)
The Frequency of Defensive Gun Use (DGU)
149(3)
The National Crime Victimization Survey Estimates
152(2)
How the Scholarly Community Has Addressed the Issue
154(5)
DGU Frequency Compared with the Frequency of Gun Crimes
159(1)
Problems with the Surveys
160(2)
Shooting in Self-Defense
162(2)
Keeping Guns Loaded in the Home
164(1)
Who Uses Guns for Self-Protection?
165(1)
Psychological Effects of Keeping Guns for Protection
165(2)
Effectiveness and Risks of Armed Resistance to Criminals
167(7)
Rape and Resistance
174(1)
The Police Chief's Fallacy
175(2)
The Nonsense Ratio: An Exercise in Ingenious Speciousness
177(2)
Crimes Involving Defensive Gun Use
179(1)
Deterrence
179(3)
Guns and the Displacement of Burglars from Occupied Homes
182(2)
Conclusions
184(3)
Tables
187(4)
6 CARRYING GUNS FOR SELF-PROTECTION
191(24)
Why Gun Carrying Matters
191(2)
Purposes and Motives for Carrying Guns
193(3)
Prior Research
196(2)
The Meaning of Gun "Carrying" in Surveys
198(1)
Prevalence of Gun Carrying in Previous Studies
199(2)
Prevalence of Carrying Guns to School and Gun Violence in School
201(3)
The Impact of Carrying by Noncriminals on Carrying by Criminals
204(1)
The National Self-Defense Survey: Gun Carrying among Adults
205(2)
Who Carries Guns for Protection?
207(2)
Conclusions
209(3)
Tables
212(3)
7 GUNS AND VIOLENT CRIME
215(50)
Guns and Power
218(1)
Issues of Assault Outcomes
218(2)
Attack
220(6)
Injury
226(1)
Death
227(10)
Guns in Robbery and Rape
237(3)
Analysis of Individual Incidents of Violence
240(3)
Case-Control Research on Homicidal Behavior
243(5)
Macrolevel Analysis of Gun Ownership and Violence Rates
248(3)
International Comparisons and the Killias Research
251(4)
A City-Level Study of Gun Levels and Violence Crime Rates
255(1)
The Blumstein Fallacy and Homicide Increases among Young Blacks, 1985-1991
256(2)
Conclusions
258(2)
Tables
260(5)
8 GUNS AND SUICIDE
265(28)
The Lethality of Shooting Compared to Other Suicide Methods
265(2)
Ownership and Acquisition of Suicide Guns
267(1)
Types of Guns Used in Suicides
268(1)
What Suicides Might Be Prevented by Reduced Gun Availability?
269(6)
Prior Studies of Method Availability and Suicide Rates
275(4)
Case-Control Studies of Household Gun Ownership and Suicide
279(5)
The Impact of Gun Ownership Levels on Suicide Rates
284(1)
City-Level Analysis of the Impact of Guns on Suicide Rates
285(1)
The Impact of Gun Control Laws on Suicide
286(3)
Tables
289(4)
9 FIREARMS ACCIDENTS
293(32)
The Frequency of Gun Accidents
294(2)
Trends in Gun Accidents
296(2)
Children and Gun Accidents
298(4)
Gun Types Involved
302(2)
The Victims and Shooters in Gun Accidents
304(3)
Gun Accidents and Low Self-Control
307(1)
Alcohol Involvement
308(1)
Circumstances and Activities Associated with Gun Accidents
308(4)
Defective Firearms
312(1)
Personality Traits of the Accident-Involved
312(1)
Reducing Gun Accidents
313(7)
City-Level Analysis of the Impact of Gun Levels on Fatal Gun Accident Rates
320(1)
Conclusions
321(2)
Tables
323(2)
10 PUBLIC OPINION AND THE BASES OF SUPPORT FOR GUN CONTROL
325(26)
Some Caveats about Interpreting Public Opinion Polls
325(4)
Gun Control as a Low-Salience Issue
329(5)
Trends in Public Opinion on Gun Control, 1959-1994
334(2)
What Kinds of Gun Control Do Americans Favor?
336(2)
The Nonutilitarian Nature of Much Gun Control Support
338(2)
Who Supports Gun Control?
340(2)
Culture Conflict and the War over Guns
342(3)
Tables
345(6)
11 THE IMPACT OF GUN CONTROL ON VIOLENCE RATES
351(32)
Methods of Prior Research
352(5)
Results of Prior Research
357(2)
Cross-National Comparisons
359(1)
The Kleck-Patterson Study of Gun Control Impact
360(7)
Gun Decontrol: When Florida Made It Easier to Get Carry Permits
367(5)
Other Gun Control Strategies
372(3)
The Brady Act
375(2)
Conclusions
377(1)
Tables
378(5)
12 CONCLUSIONS
383(14)
The Shape of Effective Gun Controls
385(1)
A Workable Gun Control Strategy
386(1)
The National Instant Records Check
387(1)
Regulating Private Transfers of Guns
388(2)
Adequacy of Criminal Records
390(1)
Who Should Be Disqualified?
390(2)
Regulating Gun Carrying
392(1)
Improved Enforcement of Carry Laws
393(1)
Other Elements
394(3)
References 397(34)
Name Index 431(10)
Subject Index 441

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Targeting Guns: Firearms and Their Control 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
David_Hume_Wantabe More than 1 year ago
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.