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Guns and Crime

The Data Don't Lie, 1st Edition

By Mark Gius

CRC Press

111 pages | 2 Color Illus.

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pub: 2016-10-25
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Guns and Crime: The Data Don’t Lie investigates the ways in which the current data on guns and crime are inadequate and inaccurate. Although the majority of murders in the United States are committed with guns, research on gun ownership, the supply of guns, and the relationship between guns and crime is less thorough than studies done for many other aspects of public safety policy. This book explores the weaknesses in current findings, and extrapolates the implications of policymaking based on these faulty foundations.

As the gun debate continues to rage in North America, this text offers a cautionary voice to the discourse—before practitioners and policy makers can create a solution to gun violence, they must first improve the quality of the facts they use to make their case. Intended for criminology, statistics, sociology, and economics students, Guns and Crime is also suitable for interested laypersons and practitioners hoping to better understand the mythos surrounding guns in America.

Table of Contents

Introduction: My Personal Experience with Guns

Chapter 1: Guns in America

Chapter 2: Crime in America

Chapter 3: Justifiable Homicides in America

Chapter 4: Mass Shootings in America

Chapter 5: Suicides and Accidental Firearm Deaths in America

Chapter 6: Gun Control in America

Chapter 7: International Comparisons of Homicides and Guns

Chapter 8: Evidence-Based Solutions and a Proposal to Reduce Firearm Violence


About the Author

Mark Gius is a Professor of Economics at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut. He earned his Ph.D. in Economics from the Pennsylvania State University. His teaching interests are labor economics, law and economics, and industrial organization. His main area of research interest is applied microeconomics with an emphasis on public policy research. His research has appeared in the Social Science Journal, Applied Economics, and Applied Economic Letters.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
COMPUTERS / Security / General
LAW / Criminal Law / General
LAW / Forensic Science