Philip J. Cook and Jens Ludwig

in Gun Violence

Published in print February 2002 | ISBN: 9780195153842
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199849208 | DOI:

Series: Studies in Crime and Public Policy


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This chapter discusses the solutions for gun violence. A variety of interventions hold promise for reducing misuse of guns, including traditional gun control measures, requiring gun manufacturers to incorporate safety features in their products, policing against illegal carrying, and threatening those who use guns in crime with longer prison sentences. The potential benefits of such interventions are compared with estimated costs. Since some of these interventions arguably produce benefits in excess of costs, increasing their scope or intensity improves the overall standard of living in America.

Keywords: gun violence; America; gun-control measures; gun manufacturers; policing; illegal gun-carrying; threatening; prison sentences; costs; standard of living

Chapter.  6026 words. 

Subjects: Criminal Law

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