Targeting Guns: Firearms and Their Control (Google eBook)

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Transaction Publishers - Political Science - 450 pages
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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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I would point this book as a must read if you're interested in real studying or even educating yourself in the area of gun control and victimization. This book will provide you with basic
knowledge with out pushing author bias on your understanding of the problem. Actually it doesn't matter from which side of the spectrum you'll observe facts, as it appeared to me, most likely in the end you'll be somewhere in the middle - not pro guns, and not anti-guns. Plus - enjoy the read! 

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Excellent. A true academic researcher (as opposed to the emotional type which is common in this area). Mr. Kleck, writing in a clear and easily understood manner, compiles and explains the results of many studies, highlighting their valid conclusions as well as shortcomings and fallacies. Even if you dislike his conclusions, his arguments are vital to avoid repeating the errors of other studies (unless, of course, your real intent is fraud, not science). 

Contents

INTRODUCTION
1
Trends in GunRelated Violent Crime
8
The Appearance of Reason Fallacies in Gun Control Reasoning
9
Is There an Association between Guns and Violence?
18
Tables
24
ILLEGITIMATE PRACTICES IN SUMMARIZING RESEARCH ON GUNS AND VIOLENCE
31
Failing to Distinguish Technically Sound Studies from Poor Ones
32
Inconsistent Application of Critical Standards
34
GUNS AND VIOLENT CRIME
215
Guns and Power
218
Attack
220
Injury
226
Death
227
Guns in Robbery and Rape
237
Analysis of Individual Incidents of Violence
240
CaseControl Research on Homicidal Behavior
243

Using Speculation to Rebut Empirical Evidence
37
Selective Omission of Studies with Unsupportive Findings
38
The Findings Are Mixed
43
Nonfalsifiable Propositions and the Use of Scientific Conservatism as a Political Weapon
44
Evidence Is Worthless if It Is Not Perfect
47
An Illustration of How a Literature Review Can Mislead
49
An Epidemic of Misleading Summaries of Evidence
53
Selective Reporting by Researchers of Their Own Findings
54
The MedicalPublic Health Literature on Guns and Violence
56
False Citation of Prior Research
60
Conclusions
62
THE OWNERSHIP AND ACQUISITION OF GUNS
63
Who Owns Guns?
70
The Blumstein Speculation about Diffusion of Guns and Youth Homicide Increases in 19851991
72
Why People Own Guns
74
Uses of Guns
85
How Are Guns Acquired?
86
Interstate Gunrunning
88
Gun Thefts
90
Conclusions
94
Tables
96
SEARCHING FOR BAD GUNS The Focus on Special Gun Types
105
Types of Guns
106
Machine Guns
108
Assault Rifles and Assault Weapons
110
The Prevalence of AWs as Crime Weapons
112
Plastic Guns
128
Copkiller Bullets
129
Saturday Night Specials Small Cheap Handguns
130
Handguns
135
Conclusions
139
Tables
141
GUNS AND SELFDEFENSE
147
The Nature of Defensive Gun Use
148
The Frequency of Defensive Gun Use DGU
149
The National Crime Victimization Survey Estimates
152
How the Scholarly Community Has Addressed the Issue
154
DGU Frequency Compared with the Frequency of Gun Crimes
159
Problems with the Surveys
160
Shooting in SelfDefense
162
Keeping Guns Loaded in the Home
164
Who Uses Guns for SelfProtection?
165
Effectiveness and Risks of Armed Resistance to Criminals
167
Rape and Resistance
174
The Police Chiefs Fallacy
175
An Exercise in Ingenious Speciousness
177
Crimes Involving Defensive Gun Use
179
Guns and the Displacement of Burglars from Occupied Homes
182
Conclusions
184
Tables
187
CARRYING GUNS FOR SELFPROTECTION
191
Purposes and Motives for Carrying Guns
193
Prior Research
196
The Meaning of Gun Carrying in Surveys
198
Prevalence of Gun Carrying in Previous Studies
199
Prevalence of Carrying Guns to School and Gun Violence in School
201
The Impact of Carrying by Noncriminals on Carrying by Criminals
204
Gun Carrying among Adults
205
Who Carries Guns for Protection?
207
Conclusions
209
Tables
212
Macrolevel Analysis of Gun Ownership and Violence Rates
248
International Comparisons and the Killias Research
251
A CityLevel Study of Gun Levels and Violent Crime Rates
255
The Blumstein Fallacy and Homicide Increases among Young Blacks 19851991
256
Conclusions
258
Tables
260
GUNS AND SUICIDE
265
Ownership and Acquisition of Suicide Guns
267
Types of Guns Used in Suicides
268
What Suicides Might Be Prevented by Reduced Gun Availability?
269
Prior Studies of Method Availability and Suicide Rates
275
CaseControl Studies of Household Gun Ownership and Suicide
279
The Impact of Gun Ownership Levels on Suicide Rates
284
CityLevel Analysis of the Impact of Guns on Suicide Rates
285
The Impact of Gun Control Laws on Suicide
286
Tables
289
FIREARMS ACCIDENTS
293
The Frequency of Gun Accidents
294
Trends in Gun Accidents
296
Children and Gun Accidents
298
Gun Types Involved
302
The Victims and Shooters in Gun Accidents
304
Gun Accidents and Low SelfControl
307
Alcohol Involvement
308
Defective Firearms
312
Reducing Gun Accidents
313
CityLevel Analysis of the Impact of Gun Levels on Fatal Gun Accident Rates
320
Conclusions
321
Tables
323
PUBLIC OPINION AND THE BASES OF SUPPORT FOR GUN CONTROL
325
Gun Control as a LowSalience Issue
329
Trends in Public Opinion on Gun Control 19591994
334
What Kinds of Gun Control Do Americans Favor?
336
The Nonutilitarian Nature of Much Gun Control Support
338
Who Supports Gun Control?
340
Culture Conflict and the War over Guns
342
Tables
345
THE IMPACT OF GUN CONTROL ON VIOLENCE RATES
351
Methods of Prior Research
352
Results of Prior Research
357
CrossNational Comparisons
359
The KleckPatterson Study of Gun Control Impact
360
When Florida Made It Easier to Get Carry Permits
367
Other Gun Control Strategies
372
The Brady Act
375
Conclusions
377
Tables
378
CONCLUSIONS
383
The Shape of Effective Gun Controls
385
A Workable Gun Control Strategy
386
The National Instant Records Check
387
Regulating Private Transfers of Guns
388
Adequacy of Criminal Records
390
Regulating Gun Carrying
392
Improved Enforcement of Carry Laws
393
Other Elements
394
References
397
Name Index
431
Subject Index
441
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