Study Disputes ‘More Guns, Less Crime’ Theory

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Since the 1970’s, the National Rifle Association and other firearm advocates have successfully fought to make armed self defense increasingly acceptable in everyday life. The NRA and its allies have preached the theory that people enhance public safety by carrying guns to defend themselves. It was popularized in economist John Lott's 1998 book “More Guns, Less Crime.” A new analysis of nearly 40 years of crime data contends that the theory is wrong. In a working paper published . . .

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