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Can Gun Control Work?

James B. Jacobs


In America today, there are between 250 and 300 million firearms in private hands, amounting to one weapon for every American. Two in five American homes house guns. On the one hand, most gun owners are law-abiding citizens who believe they have a constitutional right to bear arms. On the other, a great many people believe gun control to be our best chance at reducing violent crime. While few — whether gun owner or anti-gun advocate — dispute the need to keep guns out of the wrong hands, the most important question has too often been dodged: What gun control options does the most heavily armed ... More

Keywords: gun rights, gun control, gun regulation, public safety, violent crime, Brady Bill, America

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9780195176582
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195176582.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

James B. Jacobs, author
New York University