Point Blank: Guns And Violence In America

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Transaction Publishers, Mar 1, 2005 - Social Science - 512 pages
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Winner of the 1993 Michael J. Hindelang award of the American Society of Criminology.

By 1990 there were approximately 200 million guns in private hands in the United States, and around half of American households contained a gun. Over 30,000 people a year are killed with guns in suicides, homicides, and acci-dents, and Americans use guns for defensive purposes over a million times a year. There is little doubt that gun violence and control are issues of vital importance, and they continue to inspire national debate. It is doubtful, however, whether most gun debates are worth listening to. Not surprisingly, such debates generally leave their participants exactly where they began, with their biases intact, and onlookers perplexed.

Written deliberately to counter an atmosphere of hysteria and extremism. Point Blank, now in paperback, offers logi-cal argument supported by empirical information. It con-fronts fundamental questions head-on. On its initial publication in 1993, Point Blank won the Michael J. Hindelang Award of the American Society of Criminology for the book that "made the most outstanding contribution to criminology." Point Blank reports both original research and assesses existing evidence drawn from a wide variety of academic disciplines, including criminology, sociology, law, and medicine.


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I have had Point Blank on my reference shelf for a couple of decades now. It is an extremely valuable resource for anyone interested in firearms legislation. Gary Kleck includes large amounts of data that is difficult to find with an Internet search, because the book was published when the Internet was in its infancy For example, he has tables listing firearms manufacture, imports and exports from 1946 to 1987. It is just one of many hard to find sources of information that are in the book.
Dr. Kleck is highly thought of by his peers; he received the Michael Hindelang award from the American Society of Criminology in 1993, shortly after Point Blank was published.
Kleck is a self described liberal. His thinking about legal restrictions on gun use has been changed by his academic research.
I would like to see Dr. Kleck produce an updated version of Point Blank. It has been two decades. While most of the data can now be found on the Internet, It would be handy to have it all in one easily accessible source.

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Written by a prominent criminologist, the book dispels many myths and shows that overall, gun ownership is a good thing.


Ideology Politics and Propaganda
Ownership and Uses of Guns
The Focus on Special
Guns and SelfDefense
Guns and Violent Crime
Firearms Accidents
Types of Gun Regulation
Public Opinion and the Bases of Support
The Impact of Gun Control on Violence Rates
SurveyBased Estimates of the Gun Stock
Substitution of Long Guns for Handguns
Alternate Estimates of the Number
Technical Problems in Using National Crime

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