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Gun Violence and Life in America

Philip J. Cook and Jens Ludwig

in Gun Violence

Published in print February 2002 | ISBN: 9780195153842
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199849208 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195153842.003.0001

Series: Studies in Crime and Public Policy

Gun Violence and Life in America

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This chapter discusses the Littleton tragedy and evaluates several lessons that are important for addressing the problem of gun violence in America. It also explains the benefits of reducing gun violence. It then examines the gun policy, as well as the importance of the law-enforcement activities in reducing criminal gun misuse. It notes that there are a variety of programs to reduce gun violence that enjoy widespread popular support. However, they have little effect on the ability of most private citizens to keep guns for personal use, and have benefits that exceed costs.

Keywords: Littleton tragedy; gun policy; gun violence; America; private citizens; costs

Chapter.  3658 words. 

Subjects: Criminal Law

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