The War on Guns: Arming Yourself Against Gun Control Lies

The War on Guns: Arming Yourself Against Gun Control Lies

by John R. Lott Jr.


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When it comes to the gun control debate, there are two kinds of data: data that's accurate, and data that left-wing billionaires, liberal politicians, and media want you to believe is accurate. In The War on Guns: Arming Yourself Against Gun Control Lies (Regnery Publishing; $27.99; 978-1621575801), nationally-renowned economist John R. Lott, Jr. turns a skeptical eye to well-funded anti-gun studies and stories that perpetuate false statistics to frighten Americans into giving up their guns.

In this, his latest and most important book, The War on Guns, Lott offers the most thorough debunking yet of the so-called “facts,” “data,” and “arguments” of anti-gun advocates, exposing how they have repeatedly twisted or ignored the real evidence, the evidence that of course refutes them on every point.

In The War on Guns, you’ll learn:

  • Why gun licenses and background checks don’t stop crime
  • How “gun-free” zones actually attract mass shooters
  • Why Stand Your Ground laws are some of the best crime deterrents we have
  • Women now hold over a quarter of concealed handgun permits
  • How big-money liberal foundations and the federal government are pouring hundreds of millions of dollars into “public health” studies, the sole purpose of which is to manufacture false data against guns
  • How media bias and ignorance skew the gun debate—and why it will get worse
  • From 1950-2010, not a single mass public shooting occurred in an area where general civilians are allowed to carry guns

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781621575801
Publisher: Regnery Publishing
Publication date: 08/01/2016
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 178,664
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

John R. Lott, Jr., Ph.D, called by Newsweek the “Gun Crowd’s Guru,” is an author, lecturer, and nationally-famous economist. Nobel laureate Milton Friedman said: “John Lott has few equals as a perceptive analyst of controversial public policy issues.” He has held research and/or teaching positions at the University of Chicago, Yale University, Stanford, UCLA, Wharton, and Rice, and was the chief economist at the United States Sentencing Commission during 1988 and 1989. A columnist, Lott is the author of eight previous books, including More Guns, Less Crime and Freedomnomics. He received his Ph.D. in economics from UCLA in 1984.

Lott is also the founder of the popular Crime Prevention Research Center (CPRC)—a research and education organization dedicated to conducting academic quality research on the relationship between laws regulating the ownership or use of guns, crime, and public safety; educating the public on the results of such research; and supporting other organizations, projects, and initiatives that are organized and operated for similar purposes.

Table of Contents

Introduction xi

1 Changes in Public Perception 1

2 Academic "Experts" and Media Bias 9

3 The Tidal Wave of Public Health Research 23

4 Why Licenses, Regulations, and Background Checks Don't Help 39

5 Police and Gun Ownership 53

6 Doctoring the Polls and Fudging the Data 59

7 How Does the U.S. Compare to Other Countries? 79

8 Do Countries with More Guns Have Higher Homicide Rates? 95

9 Does Australia Show That Gun Control Works? 109

10 Mass Public Shootings: The Myths Debunked 117

11 Bathtubs and Motor Vehicle Regulations 135

12 Background Check Myths 147

13 Stand Your Ground Laws 155

14 Background Checks on Private Gun Transfers 169

Conclusion 187

Appendix 1 193

Appendix 2 217

Notes 223

Index 305

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The War on Guns: Arming Yourself Against Gun Control Lies 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dr. John Lott has researched statistics on guns and gun control, and written about the subject for a very long time. He is an academic and always provides detailed references and support for his conclusions. Sometimes, he even offers to provide the raw data to anyone who asks for it. He does not falsify data as many on the anti-gun side do. His and others' research (such as James Lindgren and Justin Heather) contradicts the conclusions of Michael Bellesiles in "Arming America: The Origins of a National Gun Culture" that falsely claimed that, according to 17th and 18th century probate inventories, there were few guns in early America. In fact, guns were much more common than other weapons, and in 1774 women owned guns at higher rates than Bellesiles claimed men did. Excellent book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ckear, concise, and annitated. The graphs may be overwhelming after a while, but the text explains very well.