Guns in America: What Everyone Needs to Know

Paperback | April 16, 2014

byPhilip J. Cook, Kristin A. Goss

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Even before the recent Newtown, CT massacre, gun violence and gun control has preoccupied public officals and legislators at all levels of government as well as powerful special interest groups for years.Guns in America: What Everyone Needs to Know tours the issues that Americans debate when they talk about guns. The volume includes information on gun control pertaining to U.S. history, jurisprudence, cultural beliefs, political agendas, epidemiologcal data, criminology, law and regulation, andpolicy effectivness. Throughout, economist Philip J. Cook and political scientist Kristin Goss illustrate for readers which questions and issues are contentious and on which there is something approaching consensus. They answer basic questions like: Where do people acquire guns? Is gun violence rising or falling? Who is at risk for being shot? How much does gun violence cost? And tackle tougher ones such as: Do video games and the media contribute to gun violence? Why is the gun control movement relativelyweak? Is it better to enforce the laws we have or enact new ones? The answers to these questions will help the general reader to make sense of the volley of ideologically driven statistics and slogans that characterize our national conversation on firearms. This book is a must-read for anyone interested in getting a clear view of the highly polarizing topic of guncontrol.

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Even before the recent Newtown, CT massacre, gun violence and gun control has preoccupied public officals and legislators at all levels of government as well as powerful special interest groups for years.Guns in America: What Everyone Needs to Know tours the issues that Americans debate when they talk about guns. The volume includes in...

Philip J. Cook is ITT/Sanford Professor of Public Policy and Professor of Economics and Sociology at Duke University; author of Paying the Tab: The Costs and Benefits of Alcohol Control, (Princeton University Press, 2007), Gun Violence: The Real Costs (Oxford University Press, 2000), Evaluating Gun Policy (Brookings Institution Press, ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.68 inPublished:April 16, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. America and Its Guns2. Reasons for Owning a Firearm3. The Value of Guns for Safety and Protection4. The Costs of Gun Violence5. Causes of Gun Violence6. Manufacture and Marketing of Guns7. How America Regulates Firearms8. Effectiveness of Firearms Policy9. Guns and Gun Control in History10. Public Opinion and Political Party Positions on Guns11. The Gun Rights Movement12. The Gun Control Movement13. Gun Policy Going ForwardBibliographyIndex