Point Blank: Guns and Violence in America by Gary Kleck

Point Blank: Guns and Violence in America

byGary Kleck

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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 accidents, and Americans use guns for defensive purposes as many as 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, that most gun debates are worth listening to. Not surprisingly, they 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 logical argument supported by empirical information. It confronts fundamental questions head-on. On its initial publication in 1993, Point Black 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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Gary Kleck is professor of criminology and criminal jus­tice at Florida State University. He is the author of Targeting Guns: Firearms and Their Control and coauthor, with Don Kates, of The Great American Gun Debate and Armed: New Perspectives on Gun Control. His articles have been pub­lished in several journals, including the Ameri...
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Title:Point Blank: Guns and Violence in AmericaFormat:PaperbackDimensions:528 pages, 8.98 × 6.06 × 1.34 inPublished:March 31, 2005Publisher:Taylor and FrancisLanguage:English

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"Kleck assesses the evidence, adduced with the tools of social science, on the issues of gun control and gun ownership--ideology, politics, and propaganda, as well as data on who owns guns, how they acquire them, and why; the effects of guns on violence--self-defense, violent crime, suicide, accidents; regulation--types, public opinion, impact on violence rates; and policy lessons. His findings indicate that guns do contribute to violence, but in complex ways that are not acknowledged by either activists or academics. From the mass of evidence, he draws informed recommendations for a national policy."