Armed New Perspectives on Gun Control

ISBN-10: 1573928836

ISBN-13: 9781573928830

Edition: 2001

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In a nation where nearly one-half of all households have firearms, the gun control issue has never been more relevant. While some Americans support controls aimed at disarming only criminals and the irresponsible, others oppose any controls at all, seeing them as steps toward the confiscation of all firearms. Intelligent public debate on what types of controls, if any, are feasible requires some understanding of the results of the best research on guns and violence. In this thought-provoking study of the issue, researchers Gary Kleck and Don B Kates closely examine the arguments used by advocates and opponents of gun control, identify crucial factual assumptions behind the arguments, and systematically address these assumptions using evidence from the best research available on the subject. 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. Easily understood by both specialists and laypersons, this engaging work will help the reader grasp the many facets of this complex issue.
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Book details

List price: $30.99
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Prometheus Books, Publishers
Publication date: 11/1/2001
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 363
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.342
Language: English

Introduction
Gun Accidents versus Self-Defense
The Character of Gun Owners
The Myth That Ordinary People Murder
The Threat of Long Gun Substitution
The Second Amendment Constitutional Right to Arms
Notes
Guns and Public Health: Epidemic of Violence, or Pandemic of Propaganda?
The Public Health Agenda
The Verdict of Criminological Scholarship
Fear and Loathing as Social Science
A Nosology of Health Sage Error
The Valor of Ignorance
Issues, Data and References "Missing in Action"
Unnatural Selection
"Sagecraft" and Scholarship
International Disinformation
Gun Availability, Social Harms and Fraudulent Nondisclosure
Shibboleth Diverts Attention from Actual Causes
A Critique of Overt Mendacity
The Myth That Murderers Are Ordinary Gun Owners
"Gun Ownership as a Risk Factor for Homicide in the Home"
Conclusion
Notes
"Poisoning the Well" for Gun Control
A Tripartite Debate
Poisoning the Well for Gun Control
The "Gun Control Paradox"
Gun Control Plebiscites
On the Morality of Personal Self-Defense
Conclusion
Notes
Absolutist Politics in a Moderate Package: Prohibitionist Intentions of the Gun Control Movement
The Issue: Moderate Overt Agendas vs. Covert Prohibitionist Goals
Why Do Prohibitionist Intentions Matter?
Evidence of Prohibitionist Intent of the Leaders of the Gun Control Movement
Past Political Efforts of Advocacy Groups
Recent Precedents of Gun Prohibition in Other Nations
"Nondenial Denials" of Prohibitionist Intentions
Support for Gun Bans Among Moderate Control Supporters in the General Population
Public Statements Made by Leaders and Prominent Supporters of the Gun Control Lobby
The Premises and Logic of Arguments for Moderate Controls
The Advocacy of Licensing and Registration in Addition to Background Checks
Conclusions
Notes
Modes of News Media Distortion of Gun Issues
Sins of Omission--Exclusion Bias
A Speculation About How Exclusion Bias Works
Unbalanced Skepticism Applied to Pro and Con Information
Amount of "Play"--Extent and Prominence of Coverage
Editorial Stances and Other Newspaper Policies
Other Forms of Bias
A Case Study--A CBS Television Documentary
Newsweek and the Invention of a Machine Guns Crisis
The Bernhard Goetz Case
Is It Bias or Just Random Sloppiness?
Discussion and Conclusions
Notes
The Frequency of Defensive Gun Use: Evidence and Disinformation
Early Surveys with Defensive Gun Use Questions
The National Self-Defense Survey
NSDS Results
Later Surveys
Explaining the Deviant NCVS Results
Early-Intervention DGUs
DGU in Crimes with No Harm to the Victim
Telescoping as a Source of Overestimation in the DGU Surveys
The Scholarly Response to Large DGU Estimates
Fallacious Reductio and Absurdum Reasoning
The Meaning of Internal Inconsistencies in DGU Reports
Direct Evidence on the Relative Balance of False Positives and False Negatives
Circular Reasoning in Numerical Exercises on the Sensitivity of DGU Estimates to False Positives
One-sided Consideration of Errors in DGU Estimation
The Rare-DGU Theory: The Creation Science of Criminology
Discouraging the Development of Better DGU Estimates
The Relative Frequency of Defensive and Offensive Uses of Guns
Conclusions
Policy Implications of Large DGU Estimates
Adjusting Earlier Estimates of DGU
Notes
The Nature and Effectiveness of Owning, Carrying, and Using Guns for Self-Protection
Issues of Armed Resistance to Criminals
The Effectiveness and Risks of Victim Resistance with Guns
Multivariate Analysis of Robbery and Armed Resistance
Multivariate Analysis of Rape and Armed Resistance
The Police Chief's Fallacy
The Myth of Criminals Taking Guns from Gun-wielding Victims
Self-Defense Killings and Woundings of Criminals
Keeping Loaded Guns in the Home
Carrying Guns for Protection
Psychological Effects of Keeping Guns for Protection
The Nonsense Ratio
The Nature of Defensive Gun Use
Who Is Involved in Defensive Gun Use?
Deterrence of Crime Due to Fear of Gun-Armed Victims
Guns and the Displacement of Burglars from Occupied Homes
Conclusions
Implications for Crime Control Policy
Notes
The Second Amendment: A Right to Personal Self-Protection
Self-Protection as Benefit to the Whole Community
Political Functions of the Right to Arms
The Armed Freeholder Ideal of Virtuous Citizenship
The Efficacy of Arms and Self-Defense
Conclusion
Notes
Subject Index
Name Index
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