Less guns, more crime

Liberals laughed in 1998 when economist John Lott first published his book with the controversial (to some), logical (to others)  title "More Guns, Less Crime."  The four word title sums up the book; the book itself is backed with studies and statistics proving the pithy title, none of which of course convinces the gun control people.   In an interview about the book Lott explained  John R. Lott, Jr.: States with the largest increases in gun ownership also have the largest drops in violent crimes. Thirty-one states now have such laws-called "shall-issue" laws. These laws allow adults the right to carry concealed handguns if they do not have a criminal record or a history of significant mental illness. Question: It just seems to defy common sense that crimes likely to involve guns would be reduced by allowing more people to carry guns. How do you explain the results? Lott: Criminals are deterred by...(Read Full Post)