Armed: New Perspectives on Gun Control

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Prometheus Books, Nov 1, 2001 - Law - 363 pages
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According to conventional wisdom accidents with handguns account for a significant number of deaths among children, gun owners endanger themselves more than they ward off potential criminal assailants, and there is a widespread legal consensus that the Second Amendment does not support an individual's right to bear arms. All of these assumptions, and many others, say researchers Gary Kleck and Don Kates, are contradicted by the weight of criminological and legal evidence. Hoping to disentangle myth from reality, the authors summarize recent state-of-the-art research on guns and violence in accessible, nontechnical language.

Among the topics addressed are media bias in coverage of gun issues, prohibitionist measures for reducing gun violence, the frequency and effectiveness of the defensive use of guns, and a close analysis of the Second Amendment.

This well-argued and scrupulously researched volume is essential for any full understanding of the complex gun issue.

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Contents

A Nosology of Health Sage Error
39
Unnatural Selection
46
Gun Availability Social Harms and Fraudulent Nondisclosure
63
A Critique of Overt Mendacity
69
Conclusion
83
Poisoning the Well for Gun Control
107
Gun Control Plebiscites
114
Conclusion
121
Newsweek and the Invention of a Machine Guns Crisis
197
Discussion and Conclusions
203
Evidence and Disinformation
35
by Gary Kleck 213
129
Early Surveys with Defensive Gun Use Questions
214
Explaining the Deviant NCVS Results
229
Fallacious Reductio ad Absurdum Reasoning
244
Onesided Consideration of Errors in DGU Estimation
257

Absolutist Politics in
129
Modes of News Media Distortion
173
A Speculation About How Exclusion Bias Works
181
Other Forms of Bias
187
Policy Implications of Large DGU Estimates
271
The Nature and Effectiveness
285
Subject Index
357
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About the author (2001)

Kleck is a criminologist.

Kates is a criminologist and civil-rights lawyer.

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