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Introduction A central issue in the gun control controversy is the degree to which civilian ownership of firearms reduces crime. Sixty-five years of vehement debate have amply proven the wisdom of an early 20th Century opponent of gun ownership.
The other side seeks to outlaw handguns, many would prefer outlawing all guns, dogmatically convinced not just that guns do more harm than good, but that "[i]n the hands of the general public handguns confer virtually no social p.
The purpose of this article is to analyze the empirical evidence, most of which has become available only in the last decade. Caveats This article is emphatically not an attempt to resolve whether, and to what extent, public policy should circumscribe or allow gun ownership.
The second caveat is that the disproportionate attention here given to studies and analyses authored by opponents of gun ownership reflects necessity rather than a bias against gun ownership.
The fact is that the gun lobby has, in effect, defaulted in the academic arena. Significant of all too many aspects of the gun control controversy is that p.
There is, as a consequence, little academic literature from that side of the debate. Definitions The first definitional problem was to find apt shorthand labels for the respective positions of the gun lobby and its opponents. This article uses the terms "pro-gun" and "anti-gun" for the respective polar extremes in the American gun controversy.
It bears emphasis that the "pro-gun" and "anti-gun" positions are extremes--extremes that have, tragically in my view, dominated and drowned out more moderate voices.
In fact, polls over the past half century consistently show that most Americans, including a majority of gun owners, are neither pro-gun nor anti-gun but rather "pro-control.
Yet, on the other hand, most Americans also reject the childish pro-gun shibboleth that it is enough to outlaw murder and other violent crime--and thus superfluous to reinforce such laws by sensible, prophylactic controls on weapons that may be used to commit violence.
This article may be described as a self-conscious attempt to apply the moderate pro-control position embraced by most Americans to the claims about the crime reductive value of civilian gun ownership offered by the more extreme sides in the controversy.
The second definitional problem involves distinguishing actual use of a gun to thwart a crime in progress hereinafter described as "defensive-use" from the deterrent effect of victim arms possession in dissuading criminals from attempting a crime at all hereinafter described p.
Though basic, this distinction has only rarely been observed even by criminologists and anti-gun writers, and almost never by pro-gun writers. It is a crucial distinction because conceptual and practical difficulties make the evidence for deterrence more complex and more ambiguous than for defensive-use.
This article will first address defensive-use and then deterrence. But before either aspect of defensive gun ownership can be analyzed empirically, certain ethical or cultural concerns must be addressed--if only because they have so often intruded into, and more or less subtly obfuscated, purportedly empirical discussions of these issues.
Non-Empirical Moral and Philosophical Considerations In the notoriously extreme bitterness of the gun control debate, some analysts see a clash of cultural and ethical values disguised by the more or less pseudo-criminological terms. This is not to deny that there are real criminological disagreements in the gun debate.
Rather, the proposition is that such disagreements are minor in comparison to the violent cultural and moral antagonism which "the Great American Gun War" cloaks.
Colonel Jeff Cooper, perhaps its most eloquent spokesman, claims that: Thus, we must regard them as servants, not masters--and good servants to good men. Without them, man is diminished, and his opportunities to fulfill his destiny are lessened.
An unarmed man can only flee from evil, and evil is not overcome by fleeing from it. But even fundamental premises are not necessarily immune from rational evaluation.
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We are now just past what I referred to as "the next decade" (in the original paper) wherein so much was/continues to be determined about how - and how soon - we begin this next age - or if we do - before the planet (otherwise) overhauls itself.
Hi Erin, Thank you for your essay. I am so sorry for your loss and the loss that it represents to your discipline. In large part, I attribute the endless cycle of adjunct appointments that my partner went through (and is currently going through – going on 6 years) to the eventual demise of our marriage, at least in large part.
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