Book Review - More Guns Less Crime by John R. Lott, Jr.
John Lott was a senior research scholar in the School of Law at Yale University. In his book, he draws conclusions based on measurable relationships between a number of factors. Of particular interest is the correlation between the number of concealed carry permits issued and significant decreases in violent crime rates.
I have summarized some of his interesting conclusions, which are supported by strong empirical evidence:
- "98% of the time that people use guns defensively, they merely have to brandish a weapon to break off an attack."
- Felons... are much more worried about armed victims than about running into the police... Deterrence matters, and increases with time.
- Allowing citizens to carry concealed handguns reduces violent crimes, and the reductions coincide very closely with the number of concealed-handgun permits issued."
- "Concealed handguns are the most cost-effective method of reducing crime that has been analyzed by economists. They provide a higher return than increased law enforcement or incarceration."
- "In the entire United States during a year, only about 20 people are accidentally killed by private citizens who mistakenly believe the victim to be an intruder. By comparison, police accidentally kill as many as 330 innocent individuals annually." Mr. Lott believes the underreporting of defensive gun use is large, and that most cases are not reported.
- "The probability of serious injury from an attack is 2.5 times greater for women offering no resistance than for women resisting with a gun."
- "Criminals tend to have low IQs as well as atypical personalities."
- "Twice as many children drown in bathtubs each year than die from all types of firearm accidents."
- "Defensive gun use is extremely common."
- "States experiencing the greatest reductions in crime are also the ones with the fastest growing percentages of gun ownership."
- "States that ban the concealed carrying of guns have murder rates 127% higher than states with the most liberal concealed-carry laws."
- "When state concealed-handgun laws went into effect in a county, murder rates fell by ~ 8%, rapes fell by ~5%, and aggravated assaults fell by 7%. These laws lower all types of violent crime."
- "Rapists are particularly deterred by handguns."
- "A 1% increase in gun ownership reduces violent crime by 4.1%."
- "The increased presence of concealed handguns does not raise the number of accidental deaths or suicides from handguns."
- "Waiting periods and background checks appear to produce little if any crime deterrence."
- "No statistically significant evidence has appeared that the Brady law has reduced crime."
- Do concealed carry handguns save lives? YES!
Mike Munnerlyn, Instructor
Utah Concealed Carry Permit, LLC
I am currently retired from teaching. My son-in-law Rob Wilkinson, who used to teach with me, is now teaching on his own. Please call him at 801-671-6773.
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