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The Bias Against Guns: Why Almost Everything You'Ve Heard About Gun Control Is Wrong [Hardcover]

John R. Lott Jr.
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Feb. 1 2003

"If you want the truth the anti–gunners don't want you to know…you need a copy of The Bias Against Guns" —Sean Hannity of Fox News Channel's Hannity & Colmes

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Following up on his controversial study More Guns, Less Crime, economist Lott argues that widespread gun ownership prevents crime. He cites survey data and news reports to argue that the fear that victims might be armed strongly deters criminals, and that guns are used in self-defense or to ward off criminal threats about 2.3 million times a year. Because they impede law-abiding citizens' access to guns, even mild gun-control regulations-assault weapons bans, "one-gun-a-month" laws-actually increase crime, according to Lott, while right-to-carry laws lower crime and help prevent (or violently terminate) terrorist attacks and "rampage" shootings. Even measures to keep guns away from children, like "gun-free school zones" and "safe storage" laws that require guns to be locked away, are misguided because children need guns for self-defense (he cites news reports of kids as young as 11 gunning down criminals). The benefits of untrammeled gun availability are clear, Lott insists, and only the anti-gun bias and selective reporting by the media and government officials have kept this fact out of public consciousness. Lott supports his bold claims with elaborate statistical analyses that tease sometimes small effects out of the welter of factors that influence crime rates; there are lots of graphs and tables, and much space is devoted to scholarly discussions of statistical methodologies. Many readers will find these sections rough going, but Lott's provocative thesis is sure to stir interest among second-amendment stalwarts and gun-control supporters alike.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Facts vs Belief April 6 2003
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Many controversial topics pit beliefs and emotions against one another, with facts thrown in as a legitimizing afterthought. In his new book, "The Bias Against Guns," John Lott does not use sparse facts to bolster an emotional appeal on gun-control, but follows the careful development and analysis of data to reach measured conclusions. The only emotional demand the author makes is the restrained appeal to judge the data, analysis methods and facts rather than to make knee-jerk conclusions about the relationship between gun ownership, crime, self-defense, multiple shootings, gun-lock, gun-free zone, and conceal carry weapons laws. Although Lott starts out well in an attempt to make his methods accessible, this casual reader became buried in the logic paths, surrogate data methods and analytical techniques used to conduct valid research. Sadly, the simple data gathering methods and analysis that many gun-control authors employ, while more straight-forward to understand, also leads to false conclusions, as Lott demonstrates. The vast majority will have to wait while academics have at Lott's latest work. While the technical failings of Michael Bellesiles' "Arming of America" have lead to his academic censure and halt in publication of the book in little more than 2 years, John Lott's first book "More Guns, Less Crime" is going strong five years after publication. Not without his academic detractors ...the long-term survival of Lott's work and publication of this second installment in his continuing research bears out broad acceptance of his conclusions.
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I read John Lott's "More Guns, Less Crime" last year. The first 50-100 pages or so were pretty interesting - then he just got bogged down in statistic after statistic, which if I was an academic statistician, the book would be inclined to hold my attention (as a personal aside, I totally understand and can read statistics, but reading chart after chart, at least for me, slows down the flow and continuity of the book). It was still a worthwhile, recommended read, from the perspective of being able to adequately support one's assertions with cold, hard evidence.

The Bias Against Guns was advertised as a "less scholarly" version of More Guns Less Crime, which doesn't matter to me, since I enjoy reading academic tomes as a general rule. But hearing that it was more of a layman's book, to me, indicated that the statistical presence would not be as heavy. But again, after about 50 or so pages, it started getting pretty bogged down in charts (which is fine if you want to look at page after page of very detailed and intricate charts and graphs).

That being said, I gleaned many important perspectives about the media's portrayal of gun-related news stories. Heck, I recently saw this in action, in Canada, where a very liberal TV station had a "documentary" on replica guns and the amount of liberties they took with trying to make an airsoft gun function like a real one (ie. the woman reported pretended to recoil the airsoft pistol, though as we all know, there is no recoil in airsoft). To the non-gun enthusiast, they would be left with a different impression.

In Canada, guns are highly regulated, and for those who criticize books like Lott's, you obviously have never seen what happens when the gun control folks get a hold of the politicians' ears.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The truth at last - read and LEARN! May 27 2004
It is refreshing to see real-world data being used to show real-world FACTS...that more law-abiding people carrying handguns, and allowed to own guns in general, lead to less crime - and less violent crimes being committed. Do NOT get caught up in the liberal and media biased - they want you to only believe what they believe - and THEY are WRONG! Not only does Lott prove how more legally-owned guns reduce crime, he debunks the scare tactics of anti-constitution anti-gunners who use mis-representation and lies to form opinions. Read this book to see the truth on gun ownership, and silly things like mandatory gun-locks & pistol 'fingerprinting' (what a waste of OUR money that is!), and ridiculous laws like the "assault gun ban", "waiting periods", "gun show loop-hole", "gun free zones", etc. that do NOTHING to reduce crime, that in fact raise crime rates - and only succede in taken away YOUR constitutional rights to self-defense...laws that actually make it easier for criminals to murder, rape, and rob without fear. Do not be a passive victim - arm yourself with the truth, and a good weapon, and train hard - the situation in this country at a time of war is not getting any better. As a former cop - I know the threats are real - and I know police can not always be there to defend you and your family. And mis-guided liberals are always poised to make it ever harder for YOU to live in freedom (read the new 'assault ban' which makes any semi-auto illegal), so now is the time to educate yourself. Why listen to hypocrites like Rosie who are anti-gun, but 'need' armed guards because THEY feel threatened, or Sarah Brady - who committed a felony by straw-purchasing a rifle and then giving it to her son? Read more ›
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1.0 out of 5 stars No basis in reality
I'm retired after 22 years in military service and I own guns at home. I am not at all in favor of hand gun control, but this guy is just a crackpot. Read more
Published on June 5 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
This book opened my eyes. There is no reason why crimes that were prevented with guns are never heard about. Read this book for the truth!
Published on Feb. 24 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Invaluable study of the real effects of gun-ownership
I wish we could get every policitican to read (and study) this book. Lott, a professor of economics, has done some top-notch research into the results of gun-ownership in the... Read more
Published on Jan. 4 2004 by Michael Freeman
4.0 out of 5 stars Explains a alot!
I read his first book and had to read this one right away. A must read for someone interested in but on the fence on the emotional issue of gun control.
Published on Dec 17 2003 by Randy Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Most credible study on gun control
This is by far one of the best books I have read on the subject. It dispells many if not all of the myths about gun control and why it doesn't work. Read more
Published on Dec 12 2003 by Greg Kopp
5.0 out of 5 stars A thoughtful, provocative book
I enjoyed reading this book. It was fascinating and easy to read. I thought I was reasonably familiar with the facts about guns and crime in the US, but this book by John Lott... Read more
Published on Dec 3 2003 by Gary Mauser
5.0 out of 5 stars Just ordered it.
Have read the book. Just ordered it for my son who's in law enforcement. One of the things that convinced me to buy the book was the obviously biased negative review "I am... Read more
Published on Nov. 30 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars A well-researched and very interesting read.
Lott has done an outstanding job with this book, bringing forth some very compelling information about the strangely biased reporting on firearms. Read more
Published on Nov. 19 2003 by QuantumRiver
5.0 out of 5 stars Fact Filled Easy Read
The information in this book is very hard, if at all possible, to refute. It goes way beyond the usual opinionated writings that are backed-up with nothing more than thin air. Read more
Published on Nov. 8 2003 by T. Cordy
4.0 out of 5 stars "Less guns, less crime" would be a better title!
John Lott writes in a reasonably credible fashion. He's clearly got to an immense amounts of trouble to collect his data and his conclusion must make a lot of sense to a lot of... Read more
Published on Sept. 25 2003
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