Armed: New Perspectives on Gun Control
The gun control debate is often obscured by strong emotions and unproven assumptions. 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 the individual 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 the results and policy implications of 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, the distorting effects that a covert prohibitionist agenda has on the debate over more moderate 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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Evidence and Disinformation
A Nosology of Health Sage Error
Gun Availability Social Harms and Fraudulent Nondisclosure
A Critique of Overt Mendacity
Poisoning the Well for Gun Control
Gun Control Plebiscites
A Speculation About How Exclusion Bias Works
Other Forms of Bias
Newsweek and the Invention of a Machine Guns Crisis
Discussion and Conclusions
Early Surveys with Defensive Gun Use Questions
Explaining the Deviant NCVS Results
Fallacious Reductio ad Absurdum Reasoning
Onesided Consideration of Errors in DGU Estimation
Absolutist Politics in
Why Do Prohibitionist Intentions Matter? 14
Modes of News Media Distortion
Policy Implications of Large DGU Estimates
The Nature and Effectiveness