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The Bias Against Guns: Why Almost Everything You've Heard About Gun Control is Wrong

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Slicing through the emotional--but factually wrong--arguments of gun control advocates this book busts a number of myths, demonstrating with hard statistical data and riveting anecdotes.
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published February 1st 2003 by Regnery Publishing
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Jacqueline Isaacs
Nov 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
The author's use of economics to explain trends in crime and the impacts of gun control really helped me understand the issue. ...more
Thomas Dean
Apr 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Wow. What a great read. I went into this book with all my preconceived notions aside and it blew me away. The author comes to this topic from a strictly by the numbers perspective.He doesn't just spout rhetoric or tired slogans as many do; he actually delves into numbers and statistics, many of which he worked on himself, as there wasn't a lot of research on these topics. I was surprised to find out just how much bias there is against guns from the media and the government. I highly recommend th ...more
Nov 25, 2011 rated it liked it
This book is indeed better than More Guns, Less Crime: Understanding Crime and Gun-Control Laws by the same author. It covers more topics and builds on that book, although there is certainly no need to read the previous one. The chapters with more interesting results (safe storage laws and assault weapons bans increase crime and don't decrease accidents, for example) are still journal articles but not quite as dry as in the previous book.

Lott makes a good point in this book: why aren't the benef
Greg Fellin
May 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Great book jam packed with important facts and figures.
Clyde Macalister
Nov 07, 2020 rated it liked it
Not as good as some of the author's other books, but still worth reading.

The bulk of my objections to this book center around a tendency, particularly pronounced in the second half of the book, to beat the dead horse with statistics. Five pages into the chapter on (as just one example) the relatively narrow subject of how "gun safety" laws have no noteworthy effect on reducing accidental gun deaths and vastly increase the occurrence of rape and murder, his point has become conclusively obvious y
Apr 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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If you want to find out substantive truth about how various laws gun affect crime, how the media portrayal affects opinion and how the truth is often pushed to the side in this never-ending battle, READ THIS BOOK!

Loot is the definitive author in this matter. He pours thousands of hours into research and presents it in a "just the facts ma'am" way. He states at the outset, he has no agenda towards judging whether people should own guns or not, he simply states the cause and affect on various iss
Sep 21, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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why is it that some of the same people who demand abortion be available now and forever, hallelujah, amen, are some of the same people who would demand, as the good senator from cailifornia would, mr and mrs america turn them in (guns)?

so? does a woman on her way to the abortion clinic have the right to keep and bear arms to protect herself against rape and other harm? does she have that right to her body?

i don't believe lott, i know he doesn't, make the above argument/statements/questions in th
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GREAT. It really helped me with my research paper. Lott gave the facts in an un-biased way.
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John Richard Lott Jr. (born May 8, 1958) is an American economist and political commentator. Lott was formerly employed at various academic institutions including the University of Chicago, Yale University, the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and the University of Maryland, College Park, and at the American Enterprise Institute conservative think tank. He is currently a Fox News ...more

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