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On its initial publication in 1998, John R. Lott's More Guns, Less Crime drew both lavish praise and heated criticism. More than a decade later, it continues to play a key role in ongoing arguments over gun-control laws: Despite all the attacks by gun-control advocates, no one has ever been able to refute Lott's simple, startling conclusion that more guns mean less crime. Relying on the most rigorously comprehensive data analysis ever conducted on crime statistics and right-to-carry laws, the book directly challenges common perceptions about the relationship of guns, crime, and violence. For this third edition, Lott draws on an additional 10 years of data - including provocative analysis of the effects of gun bans in Chicago and Washington, DC - that brings the book fully up to date and further bolsters its central contention.

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Critic Reviews

"An intriguing and shocking look at crime, guns, and gun control policy." ( Kirkus)

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Very interesting listen!

Very much enjoyed the book. I am definitely recommending this to friends. Narrator did a good job. I ended the book with several more counterpoints to opponents to the conclusions presented in this book.

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Fascinating info, poor audio production

The chapters of the audio book seem to not align with the chapters in the book. This is going to make navigating within the book unnecessarily difficult until I can take the time to bookmark everything in a useful manner.

While Lott's data is compelling, even more interesting are the critics he cites. The consensus of the critics are of a consistent theme: Our calculations of the data show much less reduction in crime than Lott claims, so don't believe Lott. I am left with the impression that there are members of the research community that think a 1% or 2% reduction things like murder and rape are bad things. If passing shall issue laws will result in only a 1% reduction in rape and murder, I think we should do it at the federal level.

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I want a refund

Anyone who has any knowledge about academic studies and statistics will find this book to be a joke.

Google "Mary Rosh"

Also, the author claims to have lost all his research and study info. This book is an example of a very bad study.

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